Pet Supplies for RVing

Pet Supplies for RVing

When planning to go on the road in your RV, there are many specialized things you pack to make the trip safe and fun. Your canine and feline companions deserve the same attention. Luckily, the pet supplies industry has kept up with the trend and continues to design objects that make the camping trips enjoyable for the pooch as it is for the person.

“When we first started camping with Rocky, there weren't a lot of pet supplies available in the stores,” said Cindy Harris, a long-time RVer, whose dog Rocky started going along with his humans while still a puppy. Harris said that supplies are more available, and they have become attuned to the RV lifestyle.

First and foremost, make sure that your dog or cat can find its way back to you. Although it is absolutely the worst possible scenario, pets do get lost, whether it is at home or on a trip with their human family.

A pet ID tag on a collar can help get your pet back to you. The same is true for a microchip. A tag on a collar can come off but a microchip stays with your pet, embedded under the skin. A scan at an animal shelter, veterinarian or other animal control office, and you can easily be reunited with your pet. There is even a GPS tag that can be attached to the collar that allows you to track your dog, which is an alternative to microchipping. Make sure you keep contact information updated on the tag or in the microchip database.

Taking your dog on the trail is not the same as taking the dog for a walk in the neighborhood. A forest trail, a romp on the beach, or a climb up a slope means a tail-wagging adventure for a dog. A 6’ leash designed for everyday use does not work when your dog wants to explore all the new sights, sounds and smells.

Many campers are using a slack-line leash, which offers flexibility on the trail and in camp. When you are passing another party on the trail, for example, the length can be adjusted to keep your pet close by. But on those open parts of the trail, your pet has the freedom to explore and still be under control. Look for a leash that is made from stronger materials and one that is easy to clip onto your clothing so your arms can move freely, and the dog is still nearby.

If you plan to hike at night or find that the dog under foot is a hazard around the campfire, there is a string of lights that can be attached to the dog’s collar. This helps you see your pet in the shadows around the fire and track him if the dog wanders away from you.

Humans take trail mix and other snacks with them on the trail or while camping. The dogs in your life need a little nutrition for energy too. Even getting that drink of water to stay hydrated is not easy for dogs while out on the trail. No one wants to pack heavy food and water bowls down the trail, so a collapsible, lightweight alternative is the answer. Bowls made of silicon are lightweight and easy to clean. These bowls are also not toxic to animals.

When you spread out your sleeping bag and get ready to crash for the night, what does your pet do? How about having his own bed that is almost as comfortable as yours? While toting a dog or cat bed for the campsite is an option, these are not often structured to be easily packed away.

Specially designed dog and cat beds made especially for camping are easier to pack, and strong enough to withstand the strain of outdoor use. Plus, these beds keep pets warmer than other products which works well when temperatures drop. Choose one with a washable and easily dryable fabric for easy cleanup.

If your pet gets injured, a first aid kit that has the proper equipment can be a life saver. There are several pre-packaged pet first aid kits for purchase or it is easy to make one. A first aid kit for a pet should include ointments, moleskin, gloves, a saline wash, a pet appropriate first aid manual, a syringe, a pair of tweezers for splinter or tick removal, an emergency blanket, an adhesive-type bandage that can be removed from fur easily.

Pet owners have many other choices when it comes to gear that will take care of their four-legged hiking buddy. Specially designed sunglasses, flotation vests, boots to protect their paws in winter or on rockier terrains and even packs that let your pet carry some of the load are popular accessories that pet owners love.

The most important things to bring are those that make the camping trip safe and enjoyable for you and your pet. Put safety first but include some home-style comfort at the end of the day.

Aug 27th 2021 Lois Tomaszewski

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