If you are travelling this summer in an RV and bringing your pets along, you won’t be alone! According to the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association’s survey, 22 million RVers will hit the road this summer, and 60% of those RVers travel with pets. As you make your road trip plans and map out your adventures, plan ahead for what you will do with your pet(s) while you are out on the open road. Making arrangements for your beloved furry friends ahead of time will save you the hassle and heartache of determining how and where to care for them in an unplanned incident.
KEEP PETS SAFE IN AN EMERGENCY ON THE OPEN ROAD
Before a danger strikes:
- Generate a list of veterinary care facilities located near your immediate campground areas, in case your pet needs medical attention.
- Generate a list of pet-friendly hotels nearby your campgrounds in case your RV ends up in a shop. Keep this information with your emergency supply kit.
When a danger does strike:
- Bring your pets indoors and get them under control. Cats & Dogs are den animals by nature, so putting them in their cage actually relaxes them.
- Make sure that your pet is wearing a collar with a current rabies vaccination tag and ID tag. A microchip is a great failsafe, in case the collar comes off. If you use a microchip, make sure your cell phone numbers are on your registry so Veterinarians can contact you when they find your pet. Of the couple of times my dog was lost, the microchip scan is how she was returned to us.
- If you can stay at your campground in the emergency, go to a safe area and stay together.
- Gather your disaster kit, which should at least include the following for your pet:
- Leashes or harnesses
- Extra food and water
- Pet medication
- Pet friendly hotels
Establishing a thorough plan for caring for your pets before a disaster strikes is key. If you do not prepare ahead of time, you may have to resort to a public shelter in which animals are generally not allowed. Consequently, you may have to abandon your pets to fend for themselves. This puts them at risk of starvation, being attacked by predators, drinking contaminated water or being hit by a vehicle. We strongly urge you plan ahead for your furry family members.
This information is not intended to be exhaustive nor should any discussion or opinions be construed as professional advice. Should you have any questions or would like to discuss your risk exposure with your family’s rv insurance, please contact the insurance pros at Wasson Bay Area Insurance. We are here to help.