Safety tips for bringing pets on RV travel

One of the benefits of RVing is being able to bring your pooch or other pets along for the ride. There are loads of pet-friendly RV campgrounds and public parks across the nation, but you should take some precautions when you decide to take a furry – or scaly – friend on your next vacation.

Pay attention to your pet's health needs

You should take your pet's health needs into account when RV trip planning. For example, if you have a dog with a thick coat of fur and are traveling to RV destinations with hot or humid climates, you will want to ensure your dog has more than enough water to drink to keep it hydrated. You also need to be extra careful when it comes to fleas and ticks. If your pet is allowed to run around in fields, forests or anywhere else you may be visiting, you should make sure to take steps to prevent fleas and ticks, such as collars or sprays to deter the pests.

Secure your pet when you're on the move

Just as everyone should be buckled in when you're on the road, your pets need to be secured as well. If they are allowed to roam free when you're driving the RV and you stop short or get into an accident, the pet can be severely injured. Keep cats in carriers that are tied down, make sure aquariums and terrariums are not going to slide around and either buckle dogs in or keep them in secured carriers.

Stay safe at RV campgrounds

Even if you have the best trained animal in the world and you know it'll come back to you when you let it off its leash, you should refrain from doing so unless you're using an enclosed area. Not only could your pet bother other campers, but it might get into a fight with a wild animal and get hurt. Letting your pet wander around unsupervised can also increase the risk of ticks. Plus, you have no way of knowing if Sparky was rolling around in a bed of poison ivy before he jumped into the RV.