Travel Nursing with a Pet

Can You Travel With Your Pet?

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For many nurses, pets are like children. Bringing your pet along on your assignment to sunny Savannah means you’ll always have at least one friend with you, and someone to welcome you home from your shift each day. You may decide that home is just not the same without Max or Fluffy, and some nurses even travel with their pet rabbit, ferret, guinea pig, etc. Regardless of who your travel companion is, consider some best practices before taking your pet with you on the road. Here’s what you need to know.

Seven pet tips for travel nurses

You’ve decided to set sail with your best furry friend (or friends) in tow. Your first step is to secure pet-friendly housing, either by working with your recruiter to accept a housing assignment or checking with landlords if you’ll be securing your own housing. You’ll also want to think about these ten best practices:

  1. Ask about size and quantity limitations. Your housing assignment or rental property may allow pets, but have limitations on the size of a dog, or how many pets you can have in residence with you. You may be required to note this on your lease or rental agreement.
  2. Know your breed. Some landlords may have restrictions on dog breeds considered aggressive, and you’ll want to clarify this information before you arrive.
  3. Be ready for an additional deposit. An additional “pet deposit” is common to help landlords cover any potential damage that could be caused by your furry companions.
  4. Only bring supplies you can’t buy. Your pet may own as many possessions as you do! But since room is most likely scarce when you travel, only bring the essentials and plan to buy the rest once you arrive. For example, medication, favorite toys, a crate or a bed may be difficult to replace. But you probably won’t want to lug a litter box or a sack of food with you in the car, and can easily buy those items once on assignment.
  5. Arrive early. You don’t want to return home from your first shift to find shredded couch cushions or chewed shoes! Some pets take a bit to get settled in to new surroundings and may suffer from separation anxiety, so plan to arrive to your assignment a few days early. This will give your animal time to adjust.
  6. Protect your safety deposit. Take all precautions to keep your rental property damage free. You can protect furniture from wear, tear and hair with slip covers. Orange oil spray and paper towels are one of the best ways to clean up accidents.
  7. Keep it clean. Most pets shed, but you don’t want to bring your friend to work. So keep sticky rollers on hand at your workstation to clean up your uniform.

The more you know, the smoother it will go

Like anything else, traveling with pets takes practice. The more you do it, the more you’ll know what questions to ask and what to bring with you. Plus, your pets will become more accustomed to an ever-shifting array of dwellings.

TaleMed can help

If you’re interested in traveling to Savannah, Georgia, or a variety of other cities across the country, contact TaleMed. We’ll work with you to secure pet-friendly housing so your pet will never need to stay behind. You can find more information about this and other travel nurse questions in our helpful RN Travel Guide. To learn more and find your next assignment, contact TaleMed today.

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