Travel Nursing with Pets: Tails on the Road


Michelle Ravanera | March 26th, 2024

Craving adventure, but worried about leaving your furry friend behind? Fear not, travel nurse pet parents! Bringing your pet along is possible with some planning and preparation.

Finding the Purrfect Place to Stay:

  • Leverage Your Agency’s Resources: Many travel nurse agencies understand the importance of keeping travel nurses happy, and that often includes their four-legged companions. Inquire about pet-friendly housing options they might have available. Be sure to get all the details on any breed or size restrictions that might apply to these accommodations.
  • DIY Pet-Friendly Housing Hunt: If agency housing isn’t a perfect fit, don’t despair! Several online resources can help you find temporary digs that welcome pets. Utilize websites like Apartments.com or Zumper to search for rentals that allow furry residents. Be prepared to provide additional information like pet references or veterinary records during the application process.

Hitting the Road with Your Furry Copilot:

  • Planning Makes Purrfect Trips: Whether you’re opting for a road trip or a plane ride, researching airline or car travel regulations well in advance is crucial. Gather all the necessary paperwork, including health certificates and updated vaccination records, to ensure a smooth travel experience. Having these documents readily available can also save you time and stress at the airport or during a roadside check.
  • Pack a Pet Travel Kit: Think of it as a first-aid kit but specifically designed for your pet’s needs. Pack familiar food, water bowls, comfortable bedding, any medications they require, and of course, their favorite toys and treats to keep them occupied during the journey. Consider calming aids that can help ease any travel anxiety your pet might experience.
  • Car Comfort is Key for Canine Companions: If you’re opting for a road trip, prioritize your pet’s safety and comfort. Invest in a secure carrier that meets airline or car safety standards, depending on your chosen mode of transportation. Take frequent breaks for walks and potty time to stretch those furry legs and avoid car sickness.

Keeping Your Pet Happy and Healthy on the Go:

  • Routine is Your Friend: Disruption can be stressful for pets. Maintain familiar feeding schedules and exercise routines whenever possible to help your furry friend adjust to new environments.
  • Explore the World, Together: Let your travel nursing adventures be a bonding experience for you and your pet! Find pet-friendly parks or hiking trails to explore together – many national parks even have designated dog beaches where your pup can frolic in the sand.
  • Local Vet on Speed Dial: Peace of mind is priceless. Find a reputable veterinarian in the area where you’ll be staying. This way, if your pet has any unexpected health concerns, you’ll know exactly where to go for care.


Bringing a pet along on your travel nursing adventures requires extra effort and planning. But the rewards of having your furry confidante by your side during your exciting new experiences are immeasurable. So pack your bags (and treats!), leash up your pup, or prepare your cat’s carrier, and get ready for an unforgettable journey with your best bud by your side!


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