If you’re going to travel with your pets, traveling by RV might be the best option. Planes and hotels often have fees associated with accommodating pets, and some places don’t even allow pets in the first place. On the other hand, if you’re traveling by RV, you can bring your pet with you wherever you go while having more privacy and control over the situation.
If you’re going to bring your pet on your next RV trip, there are a few tips that can help you have a more successful trip. Below, we cover the basics of how to anticipate and prepare for your pet’s needs. Read on to learn more, and if you need maintenance or service for your RV, stop by Ryan’s RV Town. We’re located in Everett, Washington and we proudly serve the areas of Seattle, Tacoma, Bellingham, and Vancouver, Washington.
Maintain Normal Schedule
Animals need stability and consistency, so it’s important to maintain their daily schedule. Consider how many things will change for your animal when you travel. The sights, sounds, and smells will be totally unfamiliar to them. For animals who are even slightly prone to anxiety, this can be a dangerous scenario.
If your cat or dog doesn’t get their normal level of exercise, they’ll build up energy, and there’s a good chance they’ll turn to destructive behavior to release it. Some dogs, especially small dogs, can even get potentially fatal hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) if they skip a meal or have a meal too far outside their normal routine. Keeping your animal’s schedule isn’t just good for their stress levels but also to keep them healthier.
Bring Toys & Treats
Toys and treats are some of the best distractions for animals. While they might normally be inclined to chew on furniture or scratch up the door out of stress, a simple chew toy can give them a healthy place to get their energy out. Many cats will start to mark their territory or become extremely withdrawn when they’re under stress. If you can get them to play for a few minutes, you’ll distract them and tire them out, which will help them sleep more soundly.
Treats are also great for providing positive reinforcement. For example, if your dog is able to stay calm and perform a “sit/stay” command in an otherwise stressful situation, a treat will be a good reinforcement that will encourage them to repeat that positive behavior the next time.
Bring Their Food, Medicine, & Bed
Don’t switch up your pet’s basic routine. You’ll want to bring all of their necessary supplies including lots of food, all of their medications, and their bed. While you might think that it will be easy to find their food, it’s not always easy to find specific foods when you’re traveling. The last thing you’ll want to do is switch up their food in the middle of a situation that’s already stressful. That’s a great way to give them severe gastrointestinal problems. Obviously you shouldn’t forget their meds, either. Make sure you have enough of whatever they take to last the entire trip. If possible, you might want to pick up a refill before heading out. Finally, you don’t want to take away their favorite bed. This could cause them to have trouble sleeping, and when the animals can’t sleep, you probably won’t sleep either.
Use the Crate & Leash
You might have some reservations about using a crate, but it can be really helpful when traveling. It’s especially important to crate your pet while they’re in a moving vehicle. Animals that are free to move around in a moving vehicle can become serious distractions to the driver. When you get to your campsite, make sure you keep your dog on a leash. The stimulation of a new location can become overwhelming to many dogs.
Hopefully, these quick tips will help you have a successful trip the next time you head out with your RV and your pets. If you need maintenance for your RV before you go, stop by Ryan’s RV Town. We’re located in Everett, Washington, and we proudly serve the areas of Seattle, Tacoma, Bellingham, and Vancouver, Washington.