When it comes time to take a family vacation, wouldn’t it be better if you could bring along your dog as well? It might be a chaotic mess trying to fly with your dog and then finding a hotel that allows dogs; but, everything is simpler when you have an RV. Not to mention, dogs can serve as a theft deterrent to any would-be burglars lurking near your mobile home.
Before hitting the road with your pooch, read over these tips for caring for Fido on the road. A little bit of preparation helps ensure your family—furry friends included—will have a fun and safe trip.
- Crate: An appropriately sized crate is perfect for traveling because it helps keep your dog safe while on the road. You wear a seatbelt, so it makes sense to also restrain your pet for his or her own safety. Plus, you’ll always know where your dog is while crated so you can keep mischief in check. Make sure your dog has a comfortable bed, pillow or blanket, along with a favorite toy to keep busy.
- Food: Bringing enough dog food along is obviously important, but so is keeping it fresh during travels. Storing food in an airtight container promotes freshness and prevents bugs (and other pests) from being attracted to the smell. Get spill-proof bowls with non-slip bottoms to take along. While the RV is moving, you can put out a pre-frozen bowl of water so your dog can lick at it to stay hydrated.
- Medicines and records: You’ll need to bring along any medicines that your dog needs for the duration of the trip. This includes supplements, homeopathic remedies or anything else that helps your dog with pain, stress and other conditions. Keep photocopies of your dog’s medical records in your RV in case you need to make an emergency trip to the vet.
- Identification: During your travels, your dog should wear a collar with proper identification, meaning the tag should display your pet’s name and your cell phone number. Microchipping your dog provides extra protection in case your dog gets lost and his or her collar is lost or removed. Along with a collar, bring a leash and plastic bags for rest stops and walking around campgrounds.
Keeping your pet safe during RV travels is in your hands, but you don’t have to protect your vehicle all by yourself. Call your independent insurance agent to learn about the benefits of RV insurance.
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