Pets mean the world to their people. A companion animal can make any situation better. As a travel nurse, can you bring your pet with you when you live in another city on assignment? The short answer is yes, but there are some things to consider. Here are the things you know before you pack up your buddy and hit the road or before you adopt a new furry friend.
Your Pet’s Health
One thing to consider is the age and health of your pet. It’s one thing to bring you a healthy 4-year-old cat, but packing up your 18-year-old cat, who may have health problems, can be stressful for them. The same is true for dogs, of course. Visit the vet and make sure your pet is in good health and will make the move safely. If not, you may want to find a trusted friend or family member to care for them while you’re away.
Your Pet’s Comfort Level
It may depend on your pet as well. A dog with separation anxiety could have much more significant issues if thrown into a new situation where they’re home alone all day in a strange place. Cats are notoriously territorial, so moving them temporarily could cause a high-stress response. However, if you already know your pet travels well, bringing them along will be better for everyone.
Space while Traveling
You may also need to consider how you will transport your pet. If you have a small car packed to the roof with all your belongings, there may not be room for your animals. You may also need to consider the length of the trip to make sure you can safely transport your cat or dog. There are options available, including specialty pet transport or ensuring there is space for your dog or a cat carrier in your cat.
A big hurdle to overcome when you’re traveling for a nursing job is housing. Your placement agency is likely to set up your accommodations for you, but it can be challenging to ensure that the place is pet-friendly. Talk to your recruiter about your options or see if it would work to find your own housing where you can be sure your pet can live there safely.
Do you want to take your furry friend on your next travel nurse assignment? Call Fortus Healthcare Solutions to see what we’re working on today.