Don’t leave your fur baby behind! If your pet is an important part of your outdoor adventures, we can help you plan your late spring and summer camping trips to include everyone in the family – including your furry friend. Here are some RV tips for camping with pets.
Talk to the Vet
If your doggo experiences anxiety or an upset tummy while traveling, ask your vet for recommendations. Oftentimes a trip in the car can bring on feelings of excitement for your pet, while others can experience anxiety. Your vet can recommend gentle treatments to calm both the stomach and the nerves.
If your pet isn’t microchipped, now is the time. In the event of separation, microchipped pets are reunited with their humans at far higher rates than pets with no microchip. If you’ve been on the fence, now’s the time to decide not to risk the heartache.
Another easy thing to do is to make sure you have several recent photos of your fur baby handy on your phone. Make sure they’re good quality and from several different angles and in good lighting. This is important for helping identify your pet in case of separation.
Abide by the Rules
Campgrounds everywhere have policies in place, and they are usually posted on their website. Check the campground policies ahead of time, especially for policies related to pets. This can help you avoid disappointment and/or frustration. If you’re not sure about anything on their campground policies, call to ask. At the very list, be clear on their policies for the following:
- Leash policies
- Noise ordinances
- Waste removal
Be willing to take an honest look at your doggy’s habits when looking at the policies. If your dog doesn’t particularly like kids, don’t pick a family campground – or if you do, keep away from the playgrounds or other areas where kids or young families tend to congregate.
Similarly, if your dog is friendly and vocal, look for a place that has relatively lenient noise ordinances. Some campgrounds may have policies restricting noise or barking during the evening hours, and courtesy is essential. Campgrounds may reserve the right to ask patrons to leave if they fail to abide by the policies, and if you find a great campground, chances are you’ll want to be able to return rather than asked to leave. Follow the rules!
Pack a Doggie Bag
You pack your backpack and duffel bag – it’s no different for your fur baby! You’ll obviously want to bring essentials like food, treats, and a leash, but other “doggie bag” items you’ll want to bring include the following:
- Favorite toys
- Waste removal bags
- Any current medications they’re taking
- Pet first aid kit
Everyone in the family needs a bag packed for vacation, and this includes your fur baby. Food and treats are the essentials, but other must-haves are any meds they’re taking, their favorite toy, a leash, pet waste removal bags, and a pet first aid kit.
We have pet-friendly RVs for sale! Some new and used RVs include pet-friendly features like exterior leash hookups, pet-feeding stations, and more. We can help you pick out the RV that’s perfect for everyone in the family. Contact us today!