Tips for Traveling With a Pet

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Tips for Traveling With a Pet

Your furry friend can detect a subtle change in your demeanor and provide unconditional love. You may have brought a pet into your home before you decided to become a traveling nurse, but it’s good to know you can bring your pet wherever you go. Their support and companionship often makes your travels a more enjoyable experience, but also comes with its own set of challenges.

Use These Tips For Traveling With a Pet


Be sure to let your recruiter know that you’ll be traveling with your dog or cat. Most housing options are not concerned with birds, ferrets or guinea pigs, but it’s always good to let your recruiter know about them too. Although the vast majority of company housing accommodates pets, it’s important to remember the owner of the property has the final decision. Different properties also have different pet-related policies. Some may ask for a deposit  up front, and others may ask for an additional fee.

You can also choose to find your own housing, which may be to your benefit depending upon your location. Your lodging stipend may help you find a more flexible housing situation that costs less, but it’s very important to remember you’re responsible for all related costs including security deposits and paying the first month’s rent upfront. Additionally, it may be difficult to find a short-term housing option that will accommodate pets. Some traveling nurses have found long-term extended stay hotels that are pet friendly. La Quinta Inn, Extended Stay America, Days Inn and Red Roof Inn are just some hotels that may negotiate a long-term rate if you stay past 30 days and accommodate pets.


Whether you are traveling by plane or car, you will need documentation for your pet, even if you stay within state lines. You’ll need your pet’s rabies certificate. Since vaccine requirements vary from state-to-state, be sure to check with your destination state in advance. Also have a veterinarian-issued Interstate Health Certificate when traveling across state lines. Some airlines require a veterinarian inspection issued 10 days before travel. Depending upon your destination, some jurisdictions will require proof your pet is spayed or neutered in order to get them licensed.


Be sure your pet has your personal contact information on tags on their collar, and consider getting them microchipped if you haven’t already. This ensures any animal shelters are able to find you, should your pet get loose. You may consider pet insurance to cover additional health costs if your furry friend gets sick while traveling. Talk with your veterinarian about health insurance and how to find a reputable vet in your new destination area, should an emergency arise.


The actual travel day with your pet may be a challenge, as well. It’s likely you haven’t taken your pet on a 10-hour drive or flight, so this may be all new for both of you. When traveling in the car, the Humane Society urges pet owners to use a carrier or a crate, as roaming free can distract the driver and place your pet in a dangerous situation in case of an accident. If you do choose to let your pet roam free during road trips, be aware there are states requiring pet owners to restrain their pets in the car, including Connecticut, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey and Rhode Island. For an up-to-date list of state’s requirements for restraint, check here.


Unless you’ve traveled frequently with your pet, there’s a possibility they may experience problems with anxiety or motion sickness. While they may do fine during short trips around town, longer road trips may trigger challenges. One, non-pharmaceutical option to help your pet is a Thundershirt or thunder jacket, a garment used to target pressure points similar to swaddling a baby. Your vet may prescribe medication to help calm anxiety, or you may consider a small dose of fresh lemon juice if your dog experiences nausea.

After you’ve arrived, you might find you’re working long shifts and need somebody to walk your pet or sit with them. However, over the long-term, this can get expensive and leaving a pet in an apartment for 14 hours is not a good option for either of you. Some nurses use a potty pad for their dog to relieve themselves and others considered Doggy Daycare so their pet has interaction during the day as well.

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At Amare Medical Staffing our recruiters have experience helping you accommodate your travels with a furry friend. Get in touch today so we can help you find your next assignment!