It can be difficult to leave your pet at home, or with a friend or family member, while you’re gone for 13 weeks with your healthcare traveling agency. Your pet would miss you, and you would undeniably miss your pet. The good news is you can bring your pet with you, most healthcare traveling agencies do allow pets. Below are some tips for traveling with your dog or cat.
Tips when traveling with pets
Whether you have a dog or cat, there are certain things you need to do to prepare before your trip. Your pet is likely up to date on their vaccinations, but it’s good to get them a little check up just to make sure everything is good to go. You can also make sure you have all the proof of vaccines and paperwork you’ll need. If your pet is microchipped, make sure the address is updated; if they were to get out while you were at work, you would want them returned to the place you’re currently at.
Once you’ve completed the basics, you can begin looking for the nearest vet in the new location. Just in case something comes up, you’ll want to know where to go. You can then move on to finding pet friendly housing; there is sure to be some in the area. Driving may be the better option, but if you decide to fly, make sure you check the airline’s specific requirements.
Most dogs love car rides. It’s important to plan a route that is dog friendly, as you’ll need to take potty breaks along the way. Be sure to pack their essentials such as food, a water bowl, snacks, toys, bed, and medicine if they have any. You’ll also need to make sure you and your dog can be safe while driving the distance, putting a dog hammock or sling in the backseat keeps them comfortable and out of your way. Bring your dog a bone so he can be occupied on the ride.
Once you’ve made it to the new location, find places to walk them so they can still get exercise. It’s also important to keep their routine as normal as possible; the typical wake up, potty, eat, and goodbye before you leave for your shift. Having them with you here is really no different than having them at home, you’ll both get adjusted and it will be a good time.
Cats are not typically as outgoing as dogs, but they can still be a fun travel buddy. Just like for dogs, you’ll need to pack your cat’s essentials with the addition of a liter box and scoop. The safest way to travel with your cat is with them in a cat carrier. It might also be a good idea to test drive around with your cat just to make sure they’ll be comfortable on the long ride.
You may also want to get a leash and harness, and get your cat comfortable using them, especially if your cat likes to roam around outside. Since your cat will be in a new environment, it’s a good way to let them explore and to ensure they won’t wander off.
Traveling with pets may have challenges, but there are rewards. Healthcare traveling agencies are a great way to visit places you’ve always wanted, while doing work you love. If you and your furry friend like to explore, it could be a great experience for the both of you. Consider bringing them with you on your travel healthcare assignments.