Pet Friendly RVing
Travelling with Pets
Great advice for travellers who love to take their family members of the animal variety, along for the adventure!
Recent studies have found that around 30% of motorhomers travel with their pets!
The most popular type of animal travelling companions are dogs, but also some cats and a few ‘other’ more unique varieties have been enjoying time on the road with their owners.
How do we know this? Winnebago recently surveyed the 4000 or so members of the Winnebago RV Club – dedicated motorhomers who love the lifestyle and the companionship their pets offer out on the road.
Pets offer love and affection and deserve our care and attention in return.
Most tasks are quite obvious, like providing a healthy diet and cool, clean drinking water, but you need to be mindful that your pet’s diet may need to be different if they spend a lot of time in a moving vehicle. Your vet will be able to advise an ideal diet for your pet while travelling, but it’s often more convenient to feed your pet dry food as it’s easy to store and keeps well, without the need for refrigeration.
If your pet is not used to travelling by motorhome, start by making some short trips with the pet a week or two in advance, before you plan to set off on any longer adventures. This will help to accustom your pet to motion and teach it how to behave.
- Accustom your pet to being on a leash and harness. A pet harness (available at most pet stores) that connects to the vehicle’s seatbelt allows the animal some movement while keeping it safely restrained.
- Never allow your pet to put its head out of the window while the vehicle is moving.
- Your pet may be prone to motion sickness. Consult your vet about available medication to help make their travelling more comfortable.
- Check that your pet is up-to-date with all the latest vaccinations.
- It is important for your pet to have some form of ID when travelling locally and interstate. The most effective form of identification is micro chipping. To find out more and arrange to have your pet micro chipped visit The National Pet Register at www.petregister.com.au. They offer a free, mobile service.
- If stopping overnight, check in advance to find a park that allows pets.
- After arriving at a new destination, allow your pet to learn its way around the neighbourhood and adjust to its new location.
- It’s advisable to keep your pet within the bounds of the motorhome until it realises that this is its temporary residence – otherwise it may wander off to try to find your house.
- Help make your pet feel as at home as possible, by using familiar dishes, blanket, toys, and other items.
- Stop every 2 hours so your pet can have a walk, drink some fresh water, and take a toilet break.
- Never leave your pet in a parked motorhome, even on an overcast day or with the windows down – the temperature inside can rise to lethal degrees within minutes.
- You may love your pet but others may not be so keen – be considerate and keep your pet in check.
- Clean up after your pet.
- Your pet may limit your ability to explore, particularly within National Parks. It is best to call ahead and find out the local policy regarding if they are allowed in certain parks and tourist locations before you arrive, so that you don't get any surprises upon arrival.
So happy motorhoming to you all, including our 4 legged, amphibious, reptile and winged family members who travel with us!