Travel Nursing with a Pet can have its own questions and difficulties.
This is one of the foremost things on pet owners’ minds when considering travel nursing. The answer…YES!!
Something to keep in mind is that every pet is individual, and you should look at your pet’s personality, health and safety first and foremost. For example, traveling might be too stressful for an older animal; leaving them at home with a trusted family member might be best. There are pros and cons to travel nursing with a pet, and only you can decide if it’s favorable.
- Having a pet is the same as travel nursing 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.
- You’re never alone!
- Expense. Having a pet is an added expense: deposits, daycare, etc. Most housing options that allow pets require a non-refundable deposit. I have paid as much as $400, non-refundable, to have my furry friend with me. If you change jobs after each contract, it can get costly.
- Limited options for housing. This is dependent on the area. Some places are much less pet-friendly than others.
- Increased preparation. If you’re 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 travel nursing with your pet? Leave your suggestions and comments below.