I was sitting in the veterinarian’s office today while getting my chihuahua pup checked before we leave. It reminded me of some other things you might want to think about before leaving.
Hope’s xray:

Hope's X-ray

In Alaska, you don’t have the usual annoying pests like fleas, ticks, worms, or heartworm, so when it comes to pets we have a few things to do once we cross back into the continental U.S. that will involve a visit to a vet’s office in Wyoming.(our home base) I hear there are some new vaccines for dogs such as Lyme disease. There are some new vaccines for cats as well, I am sure.
Because we don’t have the usual pests up here and I developed a severe allergy to cats in the past few years (and a recent distaste for the smell of a cat box while living in smaller living areas) I am not as up on cat vaccines as I used to be.
There have been recent studies that suggest dogs only need their parvovirus vaccines as puppies, and vets up here are leaving it up to the owners. We haven’t vaccinated our dogs after puppydom because they only hang around each other, but that is going to change. There will probably be many curious sniffs from unknown pups. Walks that cause my dogs to step into another dog’s poop at one point.
So, as I was sitting in the vet’s office I thought you might find this info something to think about for yourself.
We camp with 2 parakeets and a canary so they all had to downsize their cages to smaller ones with less toys. They are very spoiled and had these huge cages and tons of toys.

While you’re planning it all, you might want to ask your doctor and vet about records. How would you access your records from the road? We both get care at the VA, so our prescriptions and so on are online.

While you’re at it, you might have to get your pets a health certificate. If you’re driving through Canada or Mexico and back into the U.S., you have to have one. Check the canadian customs website to be sure. This ensures your pets are  healthy when they travel back into the U.S. Check here to be sure:

http://www.cdc.gov/ncpdcid/dgmq/index-new-sites.html

http://www.bajabound.com/before/pettravel/returningtous.php

Here is a fantastic resource I found, as well:

http://www.pettravelcenter.com/

Now onto a new review website I heard about recently. It is

RVparking.com

What makes it really great is that you can upload pictures of parks you’ve been to, and you can read all kinds of tips on RVing. You can also get paid for verifying the information there. Check it out!

for reviews you can share of over 18,000 parks.
Want to reserve a park – state or national – a great website is reserveusa.com or recreation.gov. A great way to reserve a spot of your beloved campground months in advance.
Are you interested in workamping? I love this website:
Workamper.net
You might also love reading jaimie’s blog at rvlifestyleexperts.com

Have you ever wondered what workamping is really like? Check out this article. It’s a really interesting story of what it is like firsthand:
http://www.technomadia.com/2010/02/workamping-at-amazon-com-was-it-worth-it/

Here are some recent pics from our trip into the mountains last week to escape the rain and dreary skies. It was so beautiful up there. So cool and dry and the Matanuska glacier was cool, as usual.

Lynne and Hope

Hope riding with Dan

We’ve been getting our puppy accustomed to riding in the car. The doxie and pug are already very used to it. We just want to make sure there aren’t any problems with motion sickness. It took us awhile to get our doxie used to it without barfing. You might want to test a few trips with your pets, if you haven’t already.

Matanuska Glacier

This is the area where we were hanging out this past weekend. We wanted to get away from the rain and go check out an RV park we’d like to try next weekend. Wanted to make sure it was worth the trip. This is the only way out of this part of Alaska to get to the Alaska Highway, and the roads up the mountains are pretty hairy at times.

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