Are you planning for an RV trip this summer?
How about taking the adorable, irresistible fur babies that can hypnotize us with their cuteness?
If this idea intrigues you, and if this is your first trip, here are some simple but effective ways to make sure you are prepared before hitting the road with your pooch.
1. A good carrier is a familiar carrier
A dog carrier makes traveling with pets easy. When it comes to dog carriers, there are many kinds available made with different plastics and meshes. When you choose one for your trip, it is always best to test it with your pooch several days before taking your actual journey to ensure your dog has time to get used to it. Carriers come in different sizes. Check the carrier doors, windows, or air openings. It should not be large enough for your dog to scooch its way out.
2. Medical reports and medical Kit
When traveling with pets, make sure to carry a pet first-aid kit and keep it as light as possible. Carry only the necessaries like sterile gauze, wrapping bandages, scissors, styptic powder, and antiseptic.
Carry your dog’s medical reports and vaccines with you; it might come in handy.
Many states may want proof that your fur kid is healthy and rabies-free to permit him/her for lodging etc. This is also a good idea if any unforeseen emergencies require your pet to be seen by a vet in a different town or state.
TIP: If you have trouble finding a vet while RVing, you can always rely on Waggle VetChat.
3. Dog collars and tags
It cannot be stressed enough. Dog tags and collars are essential travel accessories every dog should wear. Instead of adding only your dog’s name to the tag, add your name and contact details. It would be a lifesaver in case you happen to lose your fur kid.
4. Protect them with a Pet Temperature Monitor
After reaching your destination, make sure your pet has access to a spot where he or she feels comfortable, rather than leaving them in a car, RV, or crate.
Every year, hundreds of dogs die or are seriously affected by heatstroke after being left alone in RVs or cars. It can take less than 30 minutes for an RV to reach unbearable heat levels on a hot day and even less reach a freezing point on a cold day.
Using a Pet Temperature Monitor is the best solution to monitor and get updates on your pet’s environment temperature.
5. Microchip your pet
While traveling with pets, we do our best to keep them safe, but new circumstances can make our pets act differently. Even a well-trained dog can get separated from you accidentally. And being in an unfamiliar place can make it harder for your dog to find his way back to you.
Make sure there is a microchip attached to your fido with your contact information so that he or she can be identified in case of any unexpected separation, and you can be contacted.
A microchip is a crucial tool to help your dog get back to you safely.
6. Pack plenty of water and food
It is wise to bring plenty of water from home while traveling with pets to keep them hydrated. Your dog is used to your hometown water, and he or she can get stomach upset when drinking water in other state’s rivers or lakes during the journey.
TIP: Carry a collapsible bottle. It fits in your pocket and saves considerable space.
7. Keep them entertained
Keep your dog entertained and busy throughout the journey. Bringing their favorite chew toys, treats, and other things that make them feel comfortable.
Remember, a happy pet is a comfortable pet.
8. Don’t forget their things
Just like humans, dogs will want some of their belongings with them when they travel. Don’t forget to bring your dog’s leash, bed, or pillow.
Getting their chew toy would also make them happy. You should also bring waste bags and a litter box or pooper scooper, so you don’t have to buy these on the road.
9. Don’t feed before the travel
Don’t feed your pooch right before your trip. Instead, feed your fur friend three to four hours before you leave. It’s best not to feed your fido in a moving vehicle either, although RVs are usually OK for this.
Follow these nine steps, and experience a happy, safe trip with your pooch.
Hit the road, make some paw-some memories and learn what travel teaches you with your furry companion.
Safe Journey! Happy Petting!