Tips for Safe RV Travel With Dogs and Cats

Proper ID

Burkert says another important safety issue is making sure pets don’t get lost while you’re traveling. It’s all too easy for a pet to dart out of an open RV door in a strange place and head for the hills.

Your dog or cat needs multiple forms of identification. A collar and tag are the first line of defense. A tag is visible, and anyone can read it. Put your last name on it and two to three phone numbers where you can be reached, including your cell phone.

Collars and tags can be removed or lost, so a microchip is a great form of backup identification. Be sure you register the chip and keep your contact information updated with the registry.

To help prevent your pet from escaping the RV, always put a leash on him before you open any door. Use a pet gate or other barrier if you are parked and want to keep the door open while he’s inside. You’ll need an extra-tall one if you have an energetic dog or an acrobatic cat.

Safe and Sound

We all know that cats like to hide and can get into just about any-size space they want. To make sure you don’t crush or otherwise injure your feline, it’s essential to make sure you know where your cat is before you extend or retract a slide-out.

Older pets may have mobility issues. Purchase a ramp you can place in the doorway to make it easier and safer for them to get in and out of the RV.

Happy travels!

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