Tips for Traveling with Your Pets by RV

By Rob Tischler, Owner Allstar Coaches

As vacation season approaches, many pet owners will have to decide between abandoning their furry friends to kennels or undertaking the significant hassles that come from making pet-friendly travel arrangements. Unfortunately, neither option is ideal. It’s never easy to find someone trustworthy to care for your beloved pet – even for short periods of time – and the high cost of kenneling only makes getaways that much more expensive.

And if you decide to bring your animal along on your precious vacation, you’ll face an entirely different set of challenges. Animals don’t understand departure gates, rest stops, or damage fees. But they do understand hunger, and fear, and the inevitable call of nature and act on those impulses without fail, no matter how well they’re trained. Fortunately, there’s another option that allows pet owners to travel with their fur babies free from trouble and added expense: the trusty RV.

Comfortable and suitable for all passengers – Fido included – RV’s combine transportation, luxury accommodations, and entertainment into a single fun package. Unlike in planes, trains, or automobiles, your pets won’t be confined to a cramped kennel. Instead, they’ll have the freedom to move around, look out the window, and cuddle with their favorite humans as you watch the miles melt away.

And you’ll love the freedom that comes with RVing too. Gone are the check-in and check-out times that dictate every travel move. Instead, you’ll have the freedom to set your own schedule. And after all, isn’t that what vacationing is all about? RV’s will also help make your vacations more affordable. With an RV, you travel, sleep, eat, and play in the same place. That means fewer nights in expensive hotels, more home-cooked meals, and more time enjoying your vacation.

Many companies, including Allstar Coaches, now offer a wide selection of pet-friendly RV’s you can rent for your next getaway. So if you think traveling in an RV with your pet is the perfect idea for your next vacation, here are a few things to keep in mind:

 Location. Location. Location: First, consider your location. There are three main points to consider before traveling to your destination with your pet:

  1. Make sure the park or campground is pet-friendly and accepts your dog’s breed (pit bulls, German Shepherds, and Rottweilers can be restricted).
  2. Be aware of the area’s natural predators and poisonous plants that could harm your pet.
  3. Know the area’s climate. You can’t leave your pet unattended for extended periods of time inside or out, however, you do have the ability to control the indoor temperature in an RV.

Food & Water: Before you depart, you need to understand how your pet handles fast-moving vehicles. Just like humans, pets can get motion sickness. While traveling, make sure to keep pets on the same diet to avoid upset stomachs. Also feed them at the same time every day to maintain consistency. This should go without saying, but be sure to always give your pet plenty of water.

Collars & Leashes: No matter where you are going, keep your pet’s collar on at all times and bring multiple leashes. Some state and national parks, as well as campgrounds, have specific leash guidelines that might require your pet to be leashed at all times. You also never know how your pet will respond in an unfamiliar environment, and by always having a collar and leash on your pet, you can relax knowing they will remain under your safe supervision.

Documentation: Be sure to bring up-to-date records on your pet’s vaccinations, medical history, and registration. Some campgrounds and parks may require this information before your stay. In addition, ensure your pet has identification tags on their harness or collar. You may also consider getting your pet microchipped so you can be quickly reunited if your pet goes missing.

In-Motion Safety: If you aren’t sure how your pet handles fast-moving vehicles, talk with your veterinarian about prescribing nausea and anxiety medication. Use a crate or pet seat belt for active pets while the RV is moving. Even calm pets should be put in a safe place with blankets and padding. If at first your pet is showing signs of anxiety (pacing, drooling, panting), do not fret; it may take a few miles before they get comfortable in their new environment.

Noise: Abide by the park’s quiet hours to avoid noise violations and fines. For the most part, inappropriate noise stems from bored or nervous animals. Treats and toys add a sense of comfort and familiarity, creating a happy environment for your pet. If you do leave your pet unattended, play music while you are gone or tire them out with plenty of exercise beforehand.

Cleanliness & Sanitation: While you may have access to a bathroom 24/7 (another advantage of RV travel) that’s not the case for your pets. Let dogs go to the bathroom at least three to five times a day – consider it a nice stretch break. Always clean up and dispose of your pet’s waste properly. Parks and campgrounds require it and can potentially fine you for failing to comply, so bring waste disposal bags. For other pets, bring all the proper cleaning and sanitation supplies – you both have to live in there after all.

And lastly, remember half the fun of RV travel is getting there. And you’ll never have to leave your pet home alone during vacation, ever again.

 

 

 

 

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4 Tips For Better Short And Long Distance Travelling With Dogs

 

Written by:  Amber Kingsley

Most dogs love nothing more than riding alongside with their masters on a good old-fashioned road trip. While the days of allowing them to stick their head out of the window are, for lack of better terms, pretty much out the window due to safety concerns. The best place for an animal travelling inside our vehicle is riding inside a crate or secured into another device that keeps them safe in the event of an accident, traversing sharp turns or coming to an abrupt stop.

Whether we’re going someplace local, like a trip to the veterinarian’s office, or on a cross country adventure, there are some things to know before taking off. Speaking of going to the vet, here’s the first of our terrific tips on making this journey more pleasant for them.

#1 – Better Vet Visits
Just as much as dogs enjoy riding in our automobiles, some are not particularly happy when this trip ends at the veterinarian’s office. But there is a way to lessen the blow about these regular visits. If your dog is a regular co-pilot on some of your local excursions, think about taking them to this office that doesn’t require them getting a shot or some other negative experience.

In other words, you could just swing by the vet’s office when you don’t have an appointment after a long walk through the parking lot or neighboring streets. Take them into the lobby on leash and give them a treat at the end of this process. This way they won’t always associate going to the doggie doctor with something unpleasant.

#2 – Pit Stop Perils
On the other hand, long distance travels can come with some unexpected surprises that many masters often overlook. One thing we do know for sure, we should plot our course with our pet in mind that includes puttings pit stops in place at rest areas, parks or other places we can take our dog out to stretch their legs and “do their business.”

Speaking of these potty breaks, while we’re responsible pet owners who clean up their animal’s waste, we can’t guarantee other people are doing the same. Domesticated pets and wildlife feces can transmit a number of different diseases so we need to be on the lookout for these droppings and keep our pets away.

#3 – Before A Bigger Journey
If your pet has not experienced a long journey, perhaps they’ve only gone on short drives and errands, you might want to work them up to greater distances over time. Try working them into your schedule when you take longer journeys before taking off on a really lengthy adventure.

If you’ll be crossing state lines or other types of boundaries, be sure to have all of your pet’s paperwork on hand. While this isn’t usually an issue, you never know when you might need this type of information when travelling. Don’t forget their microchip documentation in the unlikely event you become separated from your best friend.

#4 – Your Pet’s Travel-Ready Kit
You should always have food, a few treats and fresh water available for them inside your vehicle even if you’re only planning a short trip. You never know for sure if you’ll run into a lengthy traffic jam, have car trouble or another type of an unexpected delay.

Speaking of the unexpected, part of your pet’s travel package should also include an animal-friendly first aid kit with some of these items:

 

  • Hydrogen peroxide and antibiotic ointment for minor cuts and scrapes
  • Gauze, scissors, tape and disposable gloves
  • Towels and grooming wipes in case of an “accident”
  • A flashlight, again in case of the unexpected

Don’t forget your pet’s favorite blanket and toys. These familiar items will make both short and longer journeys more pleasant for them especially on those treks of many miles. Just the the popular motto of the Boy Scouts, “Be Prepared” for everything the open road could possibly throw your way and have fun out there!