Travelling by motorhome is a perfect way to share unforgettable moments of freedom and fresh air with our dogs.
We should bear certain things in mind when we are travelling by motorhome with our pets to ensure that the trip is smooth and safe.
Before setting off in the motorhome we should not forget the following:
- In just the same way as with people, dogs can get carsick and feel ill during the journey, so we recommend feeding them well before setting off. In this way they will have digested their food and there is less risk of them vomiting.
- Make sure you are taking everything they need with you: bed, food bowl, water bowl, water, food, toys, lead etc. so that they can play with their toys during the journey or rest on their beds, blankets etc.
How the dog should travel in the motorhome:
According to the law currently in force, dogs are considered to be “merchandise” which is to be well fastened in during the journey in the vehicle in order to avoid any possibility of a road accident, and stopping the animal from lurching forward or bumping into us. There are numerous devices and systems available on the market to prevent such incidents and guarantee the safety of our pets:
- Use a cage or a travel box adapted to the size of the pet. The cage should be attached to the inside of the motorhome.
- Use a clip on the vehicle’s safety belt or a special safety belt for pets. If we use this technique we must ensure that we use a strap rather than a collar to ensure that the pet is not choked or harmed in an emergency stop situation.
During the journey we should make sure that we stop frequently, at least every two or three hours, to enable the dog to stretch his legs, get some fresh air and have a pee. Once we arrive at our destination we must not leave the dog alone in the motorhome, as it will almost certainly get nervous. Finally, we should be very careful on hot days with heatstroke and dehydration.
Obligatory when travelling with a dog:
It is always recommended to take the dog’s documentation, especially if you are planning to travel abroad. Although the requirements in European countries are all very similar, we recommend that you find out in advance about the legislation currently in force in each country. In any case a Pet’s Passport is essential. Furthermore, the animal should be identifiable with a chip and have an anti-rabies vaccine.
If you are planning your forthcoming trip in the company of your best friend you will be pleased to know that you can find motorhomes for travelling with dogs on Flying.