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Pets and Travel Nursing: Do they Mix?

September 22, 2015

Pets can be excellent company, but if you plan to spend time traveling, having a pet can present certain challenges. Fortunately, it is possible to work as a travel nurse and take great care of your pet at the same time. If you are preparing to begin a career as a travel nurse and you have a pet at home, follow these guidelines to ensure that your assignments go as smoothly as possible for both you and your furry friend.

1. Choose a Travel Nursing Agency that Accommodates Pets

Unless you want to leave your pet with a friend or family member every time you are away on assignment, you need to find a travel nursing agency that will allow you to bring your pet with you when you travel. For example, with Fastaff, you are welcome to take your pet along with you each time you begin a new assignment.

2. Research Housing Options

While some providers of temporary housing will allow pets, others will not. Likewise, some of the housing providers that allow pets may impose restrictions with regard to the species, size or breed of pet you can have in your home. Look into these requirements well in advance to make sure that your pet will be able to stay with you in your temporary home.

3. Make Travel Arrangements

Traveling with a pet often requires advance preparation. For example, if you will be flying to your destination, you need to make sure that your pet can travel with you on the airplane. In many cases, you will need to pay an extra fare for your pet, and he or she may need to ride in the cargo hold. On the other hand, if you will be driving to your destination, make sure you plan a few stops for your pet to stretch his or her legs. If you will need to spend the night in a hotel along the way, make sure the hotel you choose allows pets.

4. Find a Daycare

Some pets may not be able to spend the entire day by themselves while you are at work, especially if you will be working lengthy shifts. If your pet will need bathroom breaks, meals or playtime during the day, find an animal daycare provider close to your temporary residence before you begin the assignment.

5. Find a Veterinarian

Before you leave for your assignment, find a qualified veterinarian near your destination. Write down this veterinarian's contact information so that you can call the office if your pet gets sick. It is also a good idea to find an emergency veterinary clinic in the area in case your pet needs medical attention after hours.

6. Bring Familiar Items

Being in a new place can be difficult for pets. Make sure that you bring some familiar items from home, such as toys or bedding, to help your pet make the transition.

Having a pet with you on travel nursing assignments can help you to feel more at home in a new environment. By following these tips, you can bring your pet along without any problems.

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