RV Camping With Pets: How To Have An Enjoyable Time With Your Furry Kids

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If you love camping and want to take your dog or cat, or even a pet bird, with you, then you need to do everything you can to make the experience enjoyable for everyone. Here are tips to have a safe and fun time when RV camping with pets in tow.

Make sure all vaccinations are current

You want to make sure your pets are current on all their shots. This is because you may come into contact with other travelers' pets if you are staying at an RV park (US and Canadian pet-friendly RV parks are relatively easy to find), and you want to keep your pets from transferring or receiving any potentially dangerous illnesses. Make sure your pets are current in the following vaccinations:

  • rabies
  • heartworm
  • hookworm
  • roundworm
  • bordatella

Your vet can also examine your pet to make sure they are healthy enough for travel, and may recommend stress-relieving medication to make traveling more convenient for them.

Have appropriate housing for pets

Even if you are traveling in an RV, you still need to make sure your pets are properly kenneled any time you are in motion. This prevents your pets from climbing on your lap while driving or being a distraction. A kennel that is large enough for your pet to stand up and turn around in is the perfect size for their needs. Stock their kennel with comfortable bedding and favorite toys to give them a comfortable place to rest.

You can buy portable fencing that you fold up for traveling to create a protected 'yard' for your pets when you are at an RV park. This allows them to run around and relieve themselves without wandering off and is a safer alternative to chaining your pet to a tree or picnic table where they can get tangled.

Always keep your pet with you

Reflective leashes, collars, and harnesses help illuminate your pet when you are walking them at night and keep them visible when you are on hiking trails and in the campsite so you don't lose sight of them. Make sure your pets are micro-chipped and wearing tags that have your name and current phone number on them in the event they do get lost. There are even pet-tracking GPS collars you can place on your dog or cat so if they do get lost, you can quickly locate where they are from your smartphone or device should they ever wander away from your RV site.

Never leave your pet unattended in your RV, just as you wouldn't do in a car, even if you leave the AC running or a fan on. Pets left alone in an unfamiliar RV can get into mischief or panic, so it's best to always have them with you.

RV camping with pets can be a lot of fun. Use these tips to help you choose an appropriate RV park, such as Longriders RV Park, where your pets are welcome and to keep your critters safe while camping and on the road.

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