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RV Pet Safety: Keep Them Happy and Healthy with These Simple Tips

Are you planning to hit the road with your pet? RV pet safety should be a the top of your to-do list. There are a few safety considerations while RVing with pets. We have been traveling with Gizmo for over a year and he loves it! I highly recommend taking your pets with you on the road and letting them explore all the sights and smells along the way. Here are a few things we have learned about taking our sweet dog on the road.

RV Pet Safety Considerations

If you are in the market for an RV be sure to consider your pet when making the purchase. Some of the things to think about include:

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  • Will your pet be able to enter and exit the RV on their own?
  • Carpet: The more carpet the more fur and dirt will be collected.
  • Will there be space for your pet’s crate, bed, blanket or litter box with the rig open and closed?
  • Will there be room for your pet to sleep comfortably with the slides closed?
  • Is there a place to keep food and water bowls without them getting kicked around?
  • If they usually sleep with you, are they able to easily get up on the bed?

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Keep Your Pet Safe

RV Temperature Control

RVs can heat up quickly just like a car and can be deadly for pets. Temperature management is very important for the health and safety of all pets. If you are unable to monitor the temperature don’t leave your pet alone for long periods of time. If you have electric hookups make sure the air conditioner or heater is on just in case it’s needed while you are away.

There are many temperature monitoring systems available on the market that work great and provide peace of mind. We have been using a wifi temperature monitoring system for more than a year that has worked perfectly. We love the fact that it doesn’t require a monthly fee. All you need is active wifi and download the app to connect to the system.

Govee Temperature Monitor
Govee Temperature Monitor

We use the Govee wifi digital temperature monitor.  We purchased it off Amazon for $50.

This device will send an alert if the temperature goes out of the range that Phil set up. You can also go into the app to check the temperature and humidity. We can’t imagine traveling without this device. It really gives us peace of mind.

Introduce Your Pet to the RV

Slowly introducing your pet to the RV will allow them to become comfortable before you start to travel. There are several things you can do to help facilitate the process.

Gizmo sleeping. Dog sleeping in RV
Gizmo, sleeping like a baby!
  • Allow your pet to hang out and explore the RV before hitting the road.
  • Bring their bed, blanket or crate into the RV and allow your pet to get comfortable.
  • Take your pet on small rides in the RV whenever possible.
  • Allow them to hear the engine and generator before hitting the road. They can be very loud and scary for pets.
  • Pets may show signs of anxiety while traveling in the RV. These symptoms may include: pacing, whining, drooling.
  • It may take time for your pet to adjust to traveling and life in the RV.
  • If you think your pet is having severe symptoms or is not adjusting to the transition of RV life be sure to consult your veterinarian.

Before You Hit the Road

Pets, like babies, come with a lot of stuff. Make a list of everything your pet will need so nothing is forgotten. Here are just a few things you may need to bring for your furry friend:

Pet Vaccination Record
Vaccine Record
  • Leash
  • Toys
  • Poop Bags
  • Crate
  • Bed or Blanket
  • Vaccine Record
  • Couch or chair protectors
  • Make sure all vaccines are up to date before hitting the road
  • An adequate supply of medications
  • Printed copies of health record if not available online
  • Updated tag with phone numbers instead of old home address
  • Any other specific supplies required by your pet

Travel Days with Your Dog

Gizmo RV Dog
Gizmo at a Boondockers Welcome

Travel days can take a toll on your dog even after they adjust to riding in the RV. Here are a few tips that can help the travel day go smoothly for your RV dog.

  • Take your dog on a long walk before the drive begins.
  • Stop frequently to walk your dog based on when they would usually go out.
  • Offer water during your stops.
  • Try to keep your dog on their usual eating schedule.
  • Use a seat belt designed for your dog’s weight.

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Be a Considerate Dog Owner

Some RV sites can be very close together. Please be a considerate RV neighbor. Here are some tips to keep your neighbors your friends.

  • Be mindful of your dog’s barking and how it affects the neighbors.
  • Always put your dog on a leash unless in an approved leash-free area.
    • People/pets have been bitten due to pets not being walked on a leash in campgrounds.
    • Your dog may not be aggressive but if they run toward another dog that dog might be aggressive.
  • Pick up after your pet.
    • Pet waste is high in nitrogen and can burn the grass.
    • Waste also can carry bacteria and parasites that can infect other pets and animals for years.

Emergency Veterinary Services

Emergency Vet Care
Be Prepared

There may be a time during your travels in which your pet will need emergency care. As you arrive in a new area lookup local vets so you are prepared ahead of time. Placing a whiteboard on the fridge will allow you to keep all local emergency numbers close at hand for quick reference. Gizmo Helps with Pet Tips

RV Pet Safety

Let us know if you have any pet tips to share. We would love to hear about them.

Thanks for stopping by.

Phil & Stacy

Author: Stacy Farley, You, Me & the RV, All Rights Reserved

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    One tip I want to mention relates to other off leash dogs. For the most part, we have had minimal problems with those doggies that wanted to say hi. But there are some that are not so friendly. I typically carry around a spray bottle with only water in it. I used to use it as a training tool to help our golden retriever learn how not to pull while on walks. After a couple squirts, he understood and stopped pulling, but I kept carrying the bottle as a reminder. That approach was much better than using other more physical approaches (imho). While that worked for training, it saved our bacon when we had another off leash dog charge our dog who was on leash. As the off-leash dog lunged at us, I gave it a few straight on squirts, causing the dog to stop in its tracks. That gave the owner time to grab his aggressive dog. Believe it or not, that owner thanked us and was completely shocked that their dog had responded in such a non-aggressive way. In any case, the approach worked to stop an aggressive dog using good ole water and a spray bottle – nothing else. Turns out to be the best defense (for us) when an off leash dog comes a charg’in. Now I carry it like a side arm. 🙂 We really enjoy your channel and your blog. All the best, hope to see you on the road at a meet up. Cheers.

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    Daniel and Carol Collett

    Hi Stacy, great article! Daniel and I are getting ready to go full time in about a month or six weeks with our two dogs. We are actively shopping temperature monitors. Are you still using the GOVEE? Have you experienced any glitches with it? Our two are bigger dogs-75 lb GSD mix and a 45 lb border collie-very furry! LOL And they are older.
    Thanks for all the info you and Phil share here and on YouTube.
    Safe travels,
    Carol Collett

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      Yes, we still use it. We have not had any problems with it. We also use it to monitor our humidity even while in the rig to make sure we don’t need to turn on our dehumidifier.

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    Excellent content, one that was not complete was after picking up the doggy “calling cards”, you forgot to say “take the bag with you & deposit it in a trash can!!” Now that the snow has melted I’m finding poop & filled poop bags along pathways. It’s not like the poop will melt away when the snow does & just who do they think will pick up the baggies??? Like you said “be responsible!”

    BTW does Gizmo have Papillon in her/him? Those ears rock & helps with looking like Gizmo in the “Gremlins”. 😀

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