Any dog owner will tell you that he/she is an important member of their family. They’re always there for you when you need them and you can’t imagine life without them. That’s why so many of our traveling registered nurses bring dog with them when they are deployed on an assignment. The Right Solutions does everything in its power to make a travel nurse’s trip comfortable, convenient and fun. Nothing, however, can replace the love that your pet shows towards you. Before beginning the trek to your new assignment location with your dog, though, you need to get things ready for him or her.
- Look up pet-friendly restaurants and shops ahead of time in case the dog needs to get out of the car for some fresh air and stretching for a little bit every once in a while.
- Bring a crate for the dog to stay in. Make sure you get it ahead of time and get them used to it, that way they feel safe and secure inside of the crate.
- This should be obvious, but feed the dog before leaving. Many dogs get car sick, and keeping them on a full stomach ahead of time can help to avoid that problem. Also keep plenty of water around to regularly give to them.
Make regular stops for them to do their business and run around in the fresh air. This is the best way to break up a long trip and keep a dog happy.
- Leave no pet unattended in your car! It can be up to 20 degrees hotter in a car than it is outside during the summer. Exposing your pet to such an environment is dangerous. Don’t do it.
- Make sure your dog is wearing a collar with an up-to-date ID on it. Should they get lost, it’s your only hope for finding them again.
- Familiarize yourself with a local vet in the area you’re headed to. If something goes wrong, you want to know who to call.