Welcome back to TVC Live! The late night show created just for RVers to help them get the best tips and have the most fun out there on the road.
Here’s Episode 7, where Liz interviews with Linda, a long time Virtual Camper who has a passion for pets. She is a professional groomer and trainer. Join us as we chat about how to properly train and enjoy RVing with pets.
Then stick to the end to watch the first installment of Ed’s “One Minute Tips” where Ed shares quick tips on fixing and maintaining your RV. Here, he shares what a hot water heating element is and how to properly maintain it. And if you’re ready to watch all the OMT series, just click here.
Don’t feel like watching and just want the info? Here are Linda’s top tips for RVing with pets.
Think about the heat.
Of course, you can regulate the temperature of your RV to an extent, but it’s always important to ensure the safety of your pets when leaving the RV without them. I highly recommend the RV Pet Safety Pet Monitor to keep your fur babies safe when you’re in a warm climate.
Dogs with double coats are especially prone to getting hot quickly.
RVing with pets is easiest if your animal likes to travel!
Just like your spouse and kids, your animal is going to have a travel style. I had a dog that was lazy and very “go with the flow” that didn’t mind traveling.
I also had a 6-month old kitten that hated traveling and the first chance he got, he ran out the door and never came back! (We miss you Sgt. Tibbs, but I don’t think you miss us.)
Take into consideration your pet’s current behavior to help you ease into RVing.
Finding a groomer on the road can be difficult.
If you need to trim your dog’s nails and they are a bit iffy about it and you can’t find a groomer you trust, there are two things you can do to ensure the nails don’t get too long.
- Use an emory board and file the nails a little bit each day
- Walk your dog on concrete as much as possible to shorten the nails
Anxious pet tips
Some animals can get travel anxiety. Here are a few tips:
- Use a thunder jacket for your dog
- Wipe dryer sheets on your animal before a storm to get the static off them and relax them
- Use Feliway or another cat pheromone to relax your cat
Don’t forget a first aid kit when RVing with pets!
- Baby aspirin (for dogs only)
- Pepto Bismol for vomiting (for dogs only)
- plenty of gauze and adhesive tape
- Oral syringe
- OTC antibiotic
- cotton balls