No matter what kind of pet you have, chances are you consider it a member of your family. Our pets give us unconditional love and affection, and bringing them with you is a great way to settle into a new travel nursing assignment.
If you’re a travel nurse that’s considering bringing your animal companion along with you on your next assignment, it’s important to be prepared. That’s why we’ve created a list of tips for traveling with your pet.
Read on for 5 tips on traveling with your four-legged companion on your next nursing adventure!
1. Notify Your Recruiter
Once you’ve decided that you want to bring your pet with you, you should notify your recruiter as soon as possible. This will give them time to search for pet-friendly housing and travel arrangements.
Most housing options require a pet deposit. Notifying your recruiter ahead of time will allow you to gather all the information you need to decide whether or not to choose agency housing or find your own living situation.
2. Plan Your Trip
Whether you’re driving or flying, extra preparation is required if you’re bringing a pet.
If you’re driving, plan your route. Look for rest stops and places where your pet can take a bathroom break or a short walk. For multi-day drives, find pet-friendly lodging along the way.
If you’re flying, make sure you research all TSA restrictions and required documentation. You don’t want to run into problems before your trip even begins!
3. Take Time to Pack and Prepare
Make sure you pack all the toys and other items your pet will need along the way. Look into high-quality crates or carriers, which will keep your pet calm and comfortable. Be sure to keep them hydrated as well. If you’re driving, do a test run to learn if your pet is a good traveler.
Schedule an appointment with your vet for a wellness check before you leave.If your pet tends to get sick or scared while traveling, talk to your vet about options for anti-nausea and anti-anxiety medication.
4. Explore Your New Home Together
Once you arrive, take your pet with you to explore your new location.
Find a good route for playing with and walking them. Research pet-friendly business and check them out – making relationships with fellow pet owners will help you learn about your new city.
You can also ask questions in online chatrooms or Facebook groups focused on your pet. Joining the online community of pet owners is a fantastic way to do research and learn about pet-friendly activities in your travel nursing destination.
5. Establish a Routine
Once you’ve explored, establish a daily routine with your pet. Stick to your favorite outdoor spots and routes for taking walks. This will help them become comfortable with their new home along with you.
If you need help caring for them during your shifts, there are many pet walking and caretaking services available. Nationwide organizations like Care.com and the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters are good places to start.
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