Traveling with Pets: Benefits and Tips

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Travelers of all kinds enjoy benefits from their furry companions, but this is especially important for travel nurses and therapists. In this blog, Anna lays out some fun facts and considerations for pet lovers who stay in corporate housing.

Traveling With Pets is Beneficial!

Pet owners experience wonderful benefits from their furry companions. They cope with difficult situations better when they travel. They tend to be less stressed, have lower blood pressure, and stay  more active. All these factors contribute to greater enjoyment of life and the new job.

More Companies Work With Pets.

The benefit of pets for travel nurses have more and more travel staffing agencies working with pet owners. While this is directed to travel nurses, all travelers need to let their company know they have a pet. Knowledgeable professionals can assist you in finding housing when you want to keep your companion with you.

Find Pet Friendly Housing.

If you are arranging your own housing, ask if the property accepts pets. Many communities do work with pet owners, but they often have breed restrictions. Offer a “pet reference”, especially if you have a large dog. This document can assure the property that your pet is as well behaved as you know it is. 

Know the Cost.

Your pet is important! Like anything, pets also carry a cost when it comes to housing. Pet friendly property owners and apartment communities often require additional fees and deposits to cover the additional wear and tear caused by a pet.  Be sure that you know the costs associated with having a pet in your apartment so there are no unpleasant surprises at the end of your stay.

Bring Important Papers.

Just like you want to bring your own health records when you travel, remember to bring your pet’s records, too. If your pet needs to see a vet during your extended stay, these papers can be a life saver. Literally! At a glance the doctor will know what meds your dog is allergic to, what meds he is on and what is safe to administer. Keep these safe with other valuable papers for your trip.

Consider Kenneling Your Pet.

A kennel helps keep your pet safe during travel, especially if you're going by car. If your furry companion is not familiar with one, begin to acclimate him or her several days in advance with their temporary quarters. Keep in mind that the kennel needs to be a welcoming place, not a punishment. So take the time necessary to train your animal to go into the kennel willingly. A frightened pet makes for a difficult ride.

Take More Breaks.

If you drive a lot, it’s very tempting to reduce your travel time by taking fewer breaks. When you are driving with your pet, you want to keep him exercised so he will be calmer while you travel. Just like children, regular breaks give you the chance to walk the dog, go to the bathroom, and relieve any pent up energy. Taking time to attend to your dog’s basic needs goes a long way for a more pleasant trip for both of you.

Check Airline Guidelines.

Travel by air requires extra planning. Most airlines have pet friendly policies, but you want to know exactly what the policies are. Each airline has its own procedures in terms of how to transport your pet, whether you can transport your pet as cargo or bring it in the cabin with you. Check with your vet and the USDA for travel guidelines. (content: petco.com)

Bring Something Familiar.

Just like a child, when your pet has his or her familiar toys he/she will feel more like he/she is at home. If you have to leave your pet alone in your new apartment, leave a blanket or article of clothing with your familiar scent on it. It becomes a way for the pet to know you will be back. And smelling you is almost as good as being with you.

Spend Extra Time With Your Pet.

New sights and sounds can be very disorienting and stressful for your pet.  If it has been a long day, turn on the TV and relax with Snowball close by. Nothing is more comforting and reassuring to your pet than time spent with you!Take long walks in your new place, too. Long walks, especially when you first arrive, give your pet time to grow accustomed to the area and give you both needed exercise. Time spent with your pet in a new home and its surroundings will pay big dividends in the long run.

Traveling with pets requires thinking ahead, but the rewards can’t be numbered! At Capri, we often work with pet owners for temporary lodging. Click on this link and also sign up for our newsletter to get more information about traveling and options available to you.