Now for something cute and fluffy! Pets are part of our family and often share our RV adventures. With a little thought and planning, being on the road with our furry friends can be easier and more comfortable for you and for them.

Health and Pet Safety

  • Make sure your pet has all vaccines and shots needed for your journey.  Keep a copy of veterinary records with you.
  • Have your pet ID chipped and contact details (cell phone) on the collar. On the road your home address or home phone number won’t be much help.
  • Make sure you take along enough prescription medicine for your whole trip.
  • Try to give them their meals, exercise , treats at similar times each day. Many pets are happiest when they have a routine they can count on.
  • Make sure your pet food brand is available in many locations. Switching a pet from brand to brand can cause digestive problems, not something you want on a road trip!
  • Dogs like to explore, play and move, give them some time every day to do it.
  • Dogs like to chew so regularly give them a healthy chew treat, this is great for their teeth, too.
  • Try out an app like Dog Park Finder

Camping Etiquette

  • Call ahead to make sure pets are allowed and see if there are extra pet fees. Some campgrounds have breed restrictions, a limit to how many furry friends you can bring and even designated areas for pets.
  • Watch where your dog urinates, never let them go near another persons camp area or near manicured lawns and flowers. Tie your dog well away from the traffic areas and never leave unattended outside.
  • To give a pet more freedom in the campsite consider getting some light metal fencing to form a pen for them.
  • This is a no-brainer, but always pick up after your pet.  Have bags or a scoop on hand and use them!

Leaving Pets in the RV

  • If you are going to leave your pet alone in the RV for a few hours, make sure they have plenty of water, food, a place to potty (pee pads work well), and proper ventilation or air conditioning.
  • Many national parks don’t allow pets on trails, in the backcountry, or on waterfronts. Call ahead or go to the website of the national park you are visiting so you can plan accordingly.
  • Kennel training is handy – this will reduce cleaning and isolate their mess to a small area (think of those rainy, muddy days).
  • If you have a neighboring RVer with dogs see if you can switch off with them on checking on the dogs while you’re out.
  • If you must leave pets for extended periods or overnight consider a pet sitter (try Petsit.com).  Some veterinarian clinics may take in pets or recommend local pet sitters.