RVing can be a great way to travel without leaving your pets at home or at a boarding facility, which can often stress out your pet (and you).
RVing with Pets and pet etiquette on the road!
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#1. PICK UP AFTER YOUR PET – ALWAYS!
Leaving your pet’s waste can also spread diseases to both other pets and to wildlife and humans that share the same area.
Don’t spoil it for everyone else – pick up your dog’s poop!
#2. KEEP YOUR PETS ON LEASHES
Without looking up every town’s laws, there are several great reasons that you should just keep your pet on a leash at all times unless you are in a dedicated off-leash dog park:
For your pet’s safety – Off-leash, a dog can roam freely and may encounter other dogs who might not be dog-friendly – even if these dogs are being kept on-leash.
They could also encounter wild animals that they aren’t used to interacting with and may be injured or killed – think skunks, porcupines, elk, or bears.
They could also find something rotten or poisonous to eat – if you aren’t there to keep them from getting to it in the first place pets are notoriously fast at scarfing down something they shouldn’t!
Your safety – If your pet gets into trouble off-leash, you may be putting your self in harm’s way to get your pet out of it – like if they get in a fight with another dog or animal.
Pets have also been known to lead dangerous animals, like bears, moose, etc, back to their owners.
#3. CHECK CAMPGROUND & PARK RULES
Some have limits on the number of pets, some have pet breed restrictions, and other flat-out prohibit them all-together.
Every campground has had formal leash rules, too.
As for visiting State and National Parks, almost all of these natural places also prohibit pets on trails and outside of developed areas. Pets can leave scents that disrupt the ecosystem, spread disease, and even injure or kill wildlife – the very thing the parks are intended to protect and preserve.
For National Parks, check out the National Park Service Website to learn where your pet can go, which parks allow what, and how your furry friend can become a BARK Ranger.
#4. IDENTIFICATION TAGS & MICROCHIPS
It is absolutely critical that your pets have collars and identification tags so that they can be reunited with you should you become separated during your travels.
Microchips are also incredibly important – what if your pet loses it’s collar? Microchips can be read by animal control offices, humane societies, and veterinarians, so your pet’s home can be found even if they slip their collar. You can easily get them done at any veterinary office, PetSmarts (that have the Banfield Vet inside), and sometimes even at low-cost vaccination clinics held periodically at Tractor Supply or pet stores, through services such as VIP Pet Care.
#5. DON’T LEAVE YOUR PETS IN HOT VEHICLES
Similarly, your RV can heat up in the sun. Unless you’re hooked up to power and can run vent fans and/or the A/C, you shouldn’t leave your pet home alone for long periods of time. While RVs take longer than cars to heat up due to their bigger space and better insulation, they can still get pretty warm if parked in the direct sun an without proper ventilation.
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