Thinking of traveling with your pet?
Here are some things to consider!
As it becomes increasingly common for medical professionals to travel with their pets, there are a few factors that you should carefully mull over before deciding whether or not to call a sitter. Traveling to new locations can innately carry newfound stress into your life, and having someone (in this case, your four-legged best friend) there to accompany you can be comforting.
We’ve put together a list of realistic aspects to consider before you should make this decision.
Before deciding on whether you want to bring your pet with you, find out if you can first. Wherever you are going to stay, it’s important to know the facility’s pet policy, as well as your airline’s pet policy – should you decide to fly.
Second to considering where your pet will sleep, how are you both getting there? Air travel has been known to cause a great deal of stress to animals and in rare cases has resulted in death.
It’s important to have your pet examined and up to date on all vaccinations to ensure your pet’s safety. Furthermore, this information will likely be needed by an airline a few days prior to your departure, so be sure to plan accordingly!
While bringing your pet along shouldn’t completely drain your wallet, you should consider whether you will have the time and money to support your pet while traveling. It is also likely that you could be charged a pet fee by the facility you are staying at. Ensure you have enough budgeted for both you and your travel buddy!
Finally, how long will you be away from home? Many travelers decide to bring along their pet for a sense of ‘home’, in light of new unfamiliarity. The length of your trip and intensity of your new travel assignment are important factors to consider, as your pet will likely be left alone in an unfamiliar setting for long periods of time while you are at work.
These are just a few of the many factors to consider when deciding to leave your pet safe at home – or bring them along as the family member that they are. When in doubt, just ask your recruiter while going over your contract!
Looking for more information about traveling with your furry friends? Check out Barking Embarkers, a blog run by one of our travelers!