During our travels we’ve seen critters ranging from iguanas to monkeys enjoying life on the road with their humans. If you’re considering full-time RVing but aren’t sure how your pets will cope with this significant change, rest assured that most animals quickly adapt to the lifestyle. After all, domestic pets don’t care where they live, just who they live with—and your pets want that person to be you. Once you hit the road together it’s not hard to find excellent veterinarians as long as you know where to look. This month I want to share what we’ve learned about caring for the medical needs of companion animals on the open road.
Before I get started, please remember that if you ever suspect your animal needs to receive veterinary care, go with your instinct and get help quickly. Animals are excellent at hiding their pain and far too often we humans ignore signs of illness. Should you find yourself wondering if your animal’s current state of health requires an emergency visit, review this Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine article to know when it’s time to get help: http://bit.ly/firstaidforpets.
First, Be Prepared
We hit the road six months after our dog Jerry was diagnosed with terminal cancer and underwent a front limb amputation. Naturally we were concerned that finding high-quality veterinary care would be difficult, but we didn’t let that stop us from living our dream of traveling with our best friend. Everything worked out as we had hoped and today we travel with our four-year old German Shepherd Wyatt, who has also needed a variety of veterinary care during our travels.
It hasn’t been too difficult to deal with Wyatt’s and Jerry’s health needs because we keep detailed medical history files in the RV. Our records include milestones such as vaccination histories, chronic conditions, prescriptions