No pet Left Behind!
Your pets are with you for life, we can't imagine a world without them.. why not take them with you!
Our pets are part of our family and sometimes leaving them behind when you go on a trip is just not an option. There are many things to consider when traveling with your pets. Regardless if they are big, small, furry or have feathers, traveling can be stressful for your family pets.
Before starting any trip we all plan for our needs, but what about the needs of your family pet?
We must consider all options and possibilities since they can’t speak for themselves. Consider the space they will be traveling in, their time needs, and the atmosphere they may not be accustomed to. Space could be a big issue depending on the size and needs of your pet.
Suddenly you are in a more confined space which may have several people sharing that space. Your pet may be overwhelmed by the constant movement of people. Just think, at home chances are each family member could be in a different room at any given time and now you are all together in what is basically one room.
A larger animal may not feel like he/she has enough room and may tend to jump on or over furniture that they would not otherwise do. A smaller animal may feel like they are being trampled and feel the need to hide, and our feathered pets may fly into walls, etc. if they are allowed to fly out of their cages.
For all these reasons, it is a good idea to plan a place for your pet where they can feel safe and that they know is their place. You might consider a blanket under a table for a larger pet or a dash cover on your dash for a smaller pet (although you should remember this is not a safe place while moving), and maybe a time for your feathered friend to fly when there is not a lot of commotion.
Keep in mind that your pet cannot tell you their needs and they may be off their normal schedule so it is a good idea to establish a schedule for them to go outside and for potty breaks. As we all know, our pets are very smart and it won’t take long at all for them to adapt to the new schedule.
It is best to try to keep the schedule as close to what they are used to as possible.
Take some time to think about your pet in all your excitement. Remember the size of your RV may be much smaller than what they are used to and therefore, the noise may be much louder. What may be excited for you, could be scary for your pet. Your traveling home may also be subject to more outside noises that may be stressful for your pet. You will need to plan ahead for any weather change and/or elevation change that your pet may not be used to.
Safety comes first. Remember to NEVER leave your pet unattended in your RV. Keep your pet in a carrier or on a leash when you are outdoors with them. Be sure you have updated information on their ID tag and if possible, include information on where you are traveling to. Anything can happen and you want to be sure your pet is always taken care of so be sure to take any medical records that a veterinarian may need in case of emergency.
Thank you for reading I really hoped you enjoyed the article!
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