Let’s face it. Travel nursing with a dog will be more of a hassle than without. But, sometimes you can’t help it — you love your pooch!
However, by carefully considering some key points when planning your trip, you can be sure that you and your four-legged companion will have a great time together while on vacation.
This guide for travel nursing a dog will help you get the job done on the road.
Travel Nursing with Pets
Traveling with pets isn’t as difficult as you might think. Luckily, many resources help you plan for your pet-friendly travel nursing adventure.
And we’re going to cover a few tips in this article.
Authentication and Tracking
Before you go!
Make sure that your pet has updated vaccinations. You’ll also need a health certificate from your vet, which will typically be good for 30 days from the issue date.
If you’re traveling internationally or even just out of state, make sure your pet has a microchip (or get them one). You’ll want ISO-compliant one for optimal tracking if your pet goes missing.
While you’re at it, make sure his collar is well-fitting and in good shape so that the tags don’t fall off—and that his ID tags have current information on them!
Also, it’s a good idea to bathe him before traveling so that he smells nice and fresh!
Pack and Prepare
Travel nursing is exciting, and it can be a great way to see new cities and places while getting great experience in your field. But, it can be stressful—and that stress can be compounded if you’re traveling with pets.
Before you begin your search for pet-friendly housing, check out these tips:
- Check your State Department’s travel and health guidelines.
- Make sure your pet’s microchip and contact information are up-to-date.
- Ask your vet about any upcoming appointments, shots, or medications your pet needs before traveling.
- Stay close to home before your trip: If you’re traveling by plane, choose an airport less than two hours away from your home. It will make the journey easier for you and your pets.
- Choose pet-friendly housing: Not all apartments or homes are pet-friendly, especially in the areas you’re considering for travel nursing. Contact a housing specialist at [company name] for help finding a place that allows pets.
- Pack the necessities: Before you go on vacation, you probably pack a few items like shampoo, toothpaste, conditioner, etc. The same is true when packing for a trip with your pet.
- Ensure he has everything he needs to feel at home in his temporary residence. For example, bring his favorite treats or toys for comfort and bonding time together during your time away from home.
If you want to make sure that you’re fully prepared, read about how you can pack and prepare for travel nursing with pets.
Travel nursing with pets is possible and can be rewarding!
Here are some quick tips to make sure your pet is safe and happy while on the road:
- For cats, bring a carrier. And be sure to contain your cat in this carrier while in the car—this will ensure they don’t run loose and end up under the seat or in another part of the car where they could get hurt.
- For dogs, buy a harness. Don’t just let them roam around in the backseat. Instead, buy a harness that attaches to their collar, buckle them into the seatbelt, and put up a barrier between the front and backseats so they can’t hop into the front seat.
- If your pet is prone to car sickness, bring anti-nausea medication from your vet. You don’t want them to get sick all over anything when you’re not at home!
- And lastly, take breaks! Your pet will need bathroom breaks just like you do.
Travel nurses have a variety of housing options, including pet-friendly apartments. Travel nurse housing facilities even have a dedicated pet-friendly housing page on their website. That makes finding pet-friendly housing simple and easy!
Ensure that the facility you’ll be working at allows pets or pet rent. It can vary by the facility and its policies, so ask early on in the process.
Some hospitals and clinics are more pet-friendly than others, so challenge up front if this is important to you.
And remember, not all employers have a pet-friendly policy for their employees, which might affect your decision about where you want to take your next travel nursing assignment.
If the facility does allow animals, then it’s time to look into housing options nearby. If you’re traveling with your dog or cat, you should register them with your travel nursing agency.
Find Pet-Friendly Hotels
Finding pet-friendly hotels can be a significant pain when you travel nursing with pets. So what do you do?
- Search for pet-friendly hotels or pet rent facilities on the usual sites and make sure that you change your settings to ‘pet-friendly’ or ‘pets allowed.’
- If you’re looking for an extended stay hotel, check out sites that can help you. They allow dogs up to 80 pounds and charge a reasonable price per night.
- If you’re traveling with a cat, try for those allowing cats!
- If all else fails, ask your recruiter if they have any suggestions for pet-friendly hotels in the area.
Make Travel Nursing Feels Like Home
When you’re a travel nurse, your job is to make the world feel like home. But sometimes, it’s hard to create a new place that feels like home when you don’t have all your things around you.
The good news is that travel nursing with pets can make settling into a new place easier! Whether it’s just a dog or two or if you have a whole menagerie of animals, travel nursing with pets can help your transition go smoothly.
Make it work with these tricks:
- Bring as many of your pet’s favorite toys and blankets as possible. If they have their bed, bring that too! It’ll smell like them.
- Ensure to have an area of the apartment or house blocked off for them, so they always have a quiet place to retreat to when they need it.
- Get ready for a lot of walking! You’ll be spending more time making sure that your animals get enough exercise to still be happy in their temporary home, even if it’s not their forever home.
- Talk to your recruiter about finding pet-friendly housing options.
Explore Your New Area Together
It’s essential to find pet-friendly housing when you travel to nurse with pets, but it’s also great to explore your new area together!
- Find a park. Nearly every new city has dog parks, and most have regular parks where dogs are allowed. So it’s worth checking out to find a great spot to let your dog run around.
- Attend a festival or event. There are often events near you that allow dogs! Local festivals especially love dogs—they make the event feel more lively and energetic.
- Try a restaurant with an outdoor patio. Some restaurants have outdoor seating where dogs can sit with their owners while they eat. It’s a pleasant experience if the weather is nice!
- Check out the surrounding areas. For example, if you’re near a national or state park, hiking trails are likely to allow dogs. Just be sure to do some research before going so you know what the rules are about taking animals on the new city trail.
See what else is around!
Create a Routine at the Start of Your Assignment
With a few simple steps, you can help make the transition for you and your pet as smooth as possible. Here are 5 tips for establishing a routine at the beginning of your assignment:
- Organization is critical when traveling with pets! Ensure you have all of the necessary paperwork and other travel documents available ahead of time, so everything runs smoothly.
- Make sure you have a plan for housing options when you arrive at your new destination. Having a clear goal will help alleviate stress on both you and your pet when it comes time to move into your new home.
- Make sure that there are no potential hazards in your new home before letting your pet roam freely around there by themselves. Includes checking things like locks on doors and windows and ensuring everything works correctly (e.g., electricity).
- Be aware of any local dangers such as poisonous plants or animals; this is especially important if you’re traveling with small children who could put these items in their mouths without realizing how dangerous they may be!
Benefits of Travel Nursing With Pets
The benefits of travel nursing with your pet allow you to decide whether or not it is suitable for you and your furry friend(s).
- You get to spend more time together.
- It is an excellent way for your pet to meet new people.
- It’s a stress reliever.
- Bringing your pet along on your travel assignments helps them stay in familiar surroundings.
FAQs on Travel Nursing with a Dog or Any Pet
As a pet owner, you may ask the following:
Can I Be a Travel Nurse if I Have a Dog?
Yes! You can be a travel nurse if you have a dog.
Can Nurses Get Puppies?
Yes. But, if you want to know the whole story of how nurses can find housing options that work for their travel nursing lifestyle.
Is It Stressful to Travel With Dogs?
Traveling with pets can be stressful, but it’s worth it. There are some tricks you can do to overcome this, though.
How Do Travel Nurses or Pet Owners Take Care of Their Dogs?
Travel nurses who are most pet owners must plan for lodging and transportation.
Hopefully, you enjoyed this guide, and if you’re a pet parent and like adventure, you will consider taking your dog with you on your next travel assignment. In addition, we want to encourage more traveling nurses to think about the benefits of having their pets along for the ride.