Traveling with a Pet: Can I bring "Fluffy" or "Fido" with me?

By The Gypsy Nurse Staff

August 24, 2018

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Can I bring “Fluffy” or “Fido” with me?

Traveling with a Pet can have it’s own questions and difficulties.

This is one of the foremost things on the mind of pet-owners when they are considering travel nursing.  The answer….YES!!  As a pet-owner and full time traveler myself, I can’t imagine traveling without my furry friend.

Something to keep in mind is that every pet is individual and you should look at your pets personality, health and safety first and foremost.  For example, traveling might be too stressful for an older animal; it might be Can I bring "Fluffy" or "Fido" with me?best to leave them at home with a trusted family member. There are pros and cons to traveling with a pet and only you can decide if it’s favorable.

PROS:

  • Having a pet is the same as traveling with a trusted friend and companion. It can be helpful to help you get through the loneliness.
  • Having a dog will encourage you to get out of the house and explore.  It’s always more fun to explore with a friend.
  • Having a dog is an instant conversation starter.  When walking my dog, I am constantly approached and have met some great people this way.
  • Your never alone!

CONS:

  • Expense.  Having a pet is an added expense: deposits, day-care, etc.  Most housing options that allow pets require a non-refundable deposit.  I have paid as much as $400 non-refundable in order to have my furry friend with me.  If you change jobs after each Can I bring "Fluffy" or "Fido" with me?contract; it can get very expensive.
  • Limited options for housing.  This is dependent on the area.  Some places are much less pet-friendly than others.
  • Increased preparation.  If your going to take a weekend away and explore the local area, you will either have to plan to take your pet with you or find alternate care.  Not only can this be expensive but you DO have to plan for it.

Do you have experience traveling with your pet?  Leave your suggestions and comments below.

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