Traveling with a pet doesn’t sound easy to do, but preparing in advance can make it seamless! Of course traveling with your pet will change a few things, but that’s why we are here to help you. Who wouldn’t want their best (furry) friend to be with them during their next travel assignment?
Preparing To Leave
Once you decide when & where your next mission will begin, it is always a good idea to start with a health check. This will ensure that vaccinations are up to date, and that you have a copy of your pet’s health record. This is also a good time to ask your veterinarian any questions you may have about your upcoming journey.
Along with this, do your research regarding state laws. Documentation is not fun, but it is worth it. Varying by state, you may need: Health & Rabies Certifications, Spay or Neuter Certification, Vaccination Records, Pet Insurance, Veterinary Inspection Certificates and a Pet License. It is also important to have any necessary prescriptions as well as a collar tag or microchip with your most relevant and recent contact information.
More research…yay! We promise it is all worth it. Next, you are going to want to find the nearest local vet or emergency clinic. Here are a couple of resources to get you started:
Off You Go!
Whether you’re flying or driving, you will want to take some extra precautions. Depending on your pet you may need places to stop and/or places for them to sleep. Also be aware that your pet may see changes in stress levels, causing an irregular eating and/or sleeping pattern. It is a good idea to keep a quick cleaning kit on deck, in case of emergencies or accidents. If you are flying, be sure to check your airline’s pet policy and do any pre-documentation and/or pay the administrative fees.
Finally! You and your furry friend have made it to your destination. Plan to arrive early, as you don’t want to leave your pet right away. This will give you both time to adjust to your new home and surroundings.
We encourage you to explore! Talk to neighbors, visit local parks & entertainment, join Facebook Groups, etc. All of these are good ways to feel more connected and comfortable in your new spot.
During this early arrival it may be beneficial to plan out a schedule. This can get you organized in balancing out work shifts with personal time, and pet time!
Travel nursing allows you to choose where you reside which can cause second thoughts regarding your pet. By taking extra precautions, bringing your pet is feasible. We are not saying that EVERY place is for your pet, but most can be with some extra work. We hope to see you and your pet during your next travel nursing mission!