8 Steps To Achieving A Pet-Friendly Motorhome Trip
Traveling in a motorhome with a pet can be a challenge. While some pets are born travelers, others may need some travel training. And, planning ahead to provide some comforts of home may make your pet feel more at ease while traveling. Here are eight ways to achieve a successful pet-friendly road trip while traveling the country in your Motorhome.
1. Visit Your Veterinarian – Be current with all rabies and other necessary vaccinations, and pack your pet’s updated medical record in your suitcase. Ask your vet for a prescription to avoid motion sickness or to alleviate symptoms your pet may experience.Pack any regular medications you give your pet, such as vitamins, heartworm pills, and flea and tick treatment. Stick to your flea and tick treatment routine so your pet doesn’t pick up unwanted pests. A motorhome infested with fleas does not make for a fun trip!
2. Prepare First Aid Kit – Prepare a first aid kit for your pet so that you are ready for the unexpected while on your motorhome trip. A pet first aid kit should include items such as antiseptic, different sized bandages, latex gloves, small scissors, a muzzle and an extra leash. Keep a list of emergency contacts, including your vet and the Pet Poison Pet Line, 800-213-6680, in your kit.
3. Travel Safely – According to the American Humane Society, training your pet to travel in a pet carrier will make the entire traveling experience less stressful. Pets not traveling in a carrier should be secured in a seat harness while traveling in a motorhome.
4. Keep a Mealtime Routine – A break in feeding time may increase stress levels. When possible, stick to the same mealtime. And, be sure to pack the same foods you feed your pet at home. A change in diet may cause unnecessary changes in the digestive system. Bottled water for drinking also is recommended.
5. Pack Favorite Toys – A favorite toy or two can be just the comfort your pet needs to remind him that he is loved. Your pet’s surroundings may have changed, but his favorite companion will be beside him.
6. Exercise Often – Again, routine is important. If you exercise or walk your dog at a certain time of day, try not to stray from that routine. Stop in a rest area to take that morning walk or evening run. And, for cat owners, play ‘cat and mouse’ or ‘catch the laser light’ to get your cat moving. Don’t forget to pack his leash; unfamiliar surroundings may cause a pet to run.
7. Bring Bedding – Prepare a space inside your motorhome for when your motorhome is not in motion. Place his bed, blanket and favorite sleeping buddy in one spot of the motorhome where he will have a space of his own that resembles home. Your pet will feel safe and appreciate his familiar bed.
8. Kenneling – Call ahead for kennel or daycare reservations. If you know you are taking a day trip, like visiting a theme park or museum for the day, plan ahead. Research area kennels and pet day camps to find the best fit for your pet. A reservation may keep you from having to rearrange your daytrip plans because there was no room at the inn.
To learn other helpful tips on traveling with your pet, and to find a pet-friendly campground or RV Motorhome park, visit www.petfriendlytravel.com.