On The Road With Pets

by Wendy on May 23, 2017

information courtesy of Jan Bradfeldt (photos courtesy of RVIA)

Jan Bradfeldt, co-owner of Snowcreek Shorthairs and owner of Oregon Urban Dog, has bred and raised shorthairs for 38 years, producing two National Specialty winners, multiple Best in Show dogs, International Champions, Master Hunters, and Obedience-titled dogs. Her kennel is best known for producing dogs with the “complete package” – loving personalities, beautiful conformation, and excellence afield. www.OregonUrbanDog.com

Jan has three decades of experience in the show ring as well as teaching agility, obedience, puppy manners and socialization. She’s the authority behind AskJan, an online forum that provides dog owners with helpful tips on raising a dog of any age. Jan also wrote Pause for Paws, an exceptional primer that provides puppy owners with step-by-step information about choosing the right puppy, house training and puppy manners.

In 2010 Jan launched Oregon Urban Dog, a product line of of high-end, quality dog collars, leashes and other supplies; safe, long-lasting and age-appropriate toys; plus a line of herbal-based dog shampoo. She offers here a few tips on how to prepare for traveling in an RV with your pet.


  • Water Bowl
  • Food Bowl
  • Bottled Water
  • Crate
  • Extra Bedding
  • Baby Gates
  • Ex-pens
  • Dog/Cat Toys
  • Leash
  • Collar
  • Light Up Tags
  • Arm Bands
  • First Aid Kit for your pet
  • Canned Pumpkin
  • Picture of Your Pet
  • Health Certificate
  • Decal on front door or window


Basic First-Aid Supplies

  • Absorbent, sterile, non-stick gauze pads
  • Vet wrap, for bandage
  • Antiseptic wipes, lotion, powder or spray, antiseptic ointment
  • Blanket (a foil emergency blanket) or towel
  • Cotton balls or swabs
  • Hydrogen peroxide (to induce vomiting – do this only when directed by a veterinarian or poison-control expert)
  • Ice pack
  • Non-latex disposable gloves
  • Petroleum jelly (to lubricate thermometer)
  • Rectal thermometer (your pet’s temperature should NOT rise about 103*F or fall below 100*F)
  • Scissors (with bunt ends)
  • Tweezers
  • A pillowcase to confine your cat for treatment
  • Diphenhydramine (Benadryl®), if approved by a veterinarian for allergic reactions. A veterinarian MUST tell you the correct dosage for your pet’s size.
  • Penlight
  • Plastic syringe
  • Temporary identification tag (to put your local contact information on your pet’s collar when youi travel)
  • Needle nose pliers
  • A pet carrier

Pet-specific Supplies

  • Pet first-aid book
  • Phone numbers
    • Your veterinarian
    • The nearest emergency-veterinary clinic (along with directions)
    • Poison control center or hotline (such as ASPCA Poison-control Center, which can be reached at 800-426-4435 )
  • Paperwork for your pet (in a waterproof container or bag)
    • Proof of rabies-vaccination status
    • Copies of other important medical records
    • Current photo of your pet (in case he/she gets lost)
  • Nylon leash
  • Muzzle or strips of cloths to prevent biting (don’t use this if your pet is vomiting, choking, coughing or otherwise having difficulty breathing)

Contact your vet immediately for first aid, if you feel your dog has been poisoned. Almost every town has an emergency pet hospital.


  • Chocolate
  • Coffee Beans
  • Alcohol
  • Grapes
  • Fruit Pits
  • Sugarless Candy


  • Azalea
  • Cactus
  • Daffodil
  • Holly
  • Lilly
  • Philodendron
  • Many flower bulbs


  • Antifreeze (even a small amount can be lethal)
  • Bleach, Cleaners
  • Insecticides
  • Mothballs
  • Human Vitamins & Pain Medications (teach the “Leave it” command)
  • Gasoline, Moto Oil
  • Unprotected Electrical Cords


  • Trembling
  • Drooling
  • Vomiting and Diarrhea







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