One frequently asked question by many potential travel nurses is, “can I bring my pets?” Of course! Traveling with furry friends can provide comfort, companionship, and make your adventures a more enjoyable experience. While travel nursing with pets can be fun, it also comes with its challenges. There’s 3 main factors to consider when bringing your pets along on assignment.
Is your pet healthy enough to travel?
The most important factor to consider when bringing your four-legged friend along with you on assignment is if they’re healthy enough to travel. Talk to your vet about your travel plans and how long you will be there. They may recommend different vaccinations, flea, tick, and heartworm prevention depending on the area you will be traveling to. If your pet is on medication, bring a 6 month supply along for the journey. In case of emergency, have a copy of your pets medical records on hand. Make sure you have a plan for an emergency vet in case something were to happen.
Consider the trip
If you are traveling with your pet, plan how you will get to your destination. If you are driving, plan fun pet-friendly detours to break up the drive. It makes the drive more entertaining and provides a good energy release for your pet. Gopetfriendly.com makes it easy to find places to take your pet. While you are on the road, have some basic necessities in your car. Dog food, collapsible bowls, pet wipes, blankets, and their favorite toy! Make them as comfortable as possible to ease their anxiety while traveling. If you plan on flying to your destination, make sure you follow all of the TSA requirements and regulations. Different airlines have different policies, so you will need to plan accordingly.
Finding short term pet-friendly housing can be difficult. Search on Airbnb, Kasa, Furnished Finder, and other rental websites and message owners directly. Some owners and rental agencies are strict on their no pet policies, but you may find that some are willing to be flexible and accommodate your needs. Social media can be your best friend when it comes to finding housing. Join different Facebook groups about travel nursing, your fellow nurses can be great resources! If all else fails, extended stay hotels are always an option. Most are pet friendly, and your agency may provide a discount.
Travel nursing with your pets can be a challenge, but if you are prepared and have the right resources at your disposal, it can be an enjoyable experience for you and your pet. If you’re looking for your next travel nursing adventure, Squad Medical Staffing is here to help you get started. Apply today!