Allied Travel September 29, 2021

By Sam MacKay

Top Tips for Bringing Your Pet on an Allied Travel Assignment

Woof! Meow! Oink! Whichever sound you are accustomed to hearing in your life, you are filled with love for your pet. Where travel therapy can take you exploring all the way across the country, you should share those experiences with your companion. To help ensure an unforgettable and responsible assignment with your pet by your side, we’ve compiled some useful tips to live by on the move. Check them out!

Find Pet-Friendly Housing

Your first order of business when preparing to travel with your pet is finding the right place to live! When looking at housing options for your assignment, the process will be much the same, as you can still search for helpful resources like Furnished Finder and Airbnb for a variety of options for your new home. The important extra step to follow is reaching out to your host in advance—not only to ask permission for your pet but also to establish expectations for the duration of your stay and discuss any additional accommodations.

Get to Know Your Area

Once you have found your new home, getting to know your local area is an excellent way to establish veterinary care, pet supplies stores, groomers, boarders, and other pet needs within close proximity to you. Finding these pet care hotspots early on will allow you to establish connections with the necessary parties in case of emergency and give you more time to prepare if you plan on traveling during your assignment. 

Set a Routine

Since you will be living a life on the move during your new assignment, you should set a pet care routine that fits within your schedule and keeps your furry friend happy. Once you have a feel for your every day and weekly schedules, take the time to coordinate your pet’s needs—walks, feeding, vet visits, and (of course) playtime—throughout. By getting in a consistent rhythm with pet care, you’ll not only be giving yourself peace of mind but also providing your companion with a less anxious and more fulfilling time in their new home.

Take Advantage of Pet Care Apps

We know you’re going to be extra busy at times during your assignment. There might be something that comes up to keep you from leaving a shift or, if you’re on-call, the need to leave your pet at home without prior notice. Not to fear! There are some amazing pet care resources at your disposal—right in the palm of your hand.

One app to keep in mind as you settle into your new home is Rover. Rover is a multi-faceted tool for pet owners, allowing you to book carefully vetted “sitters” for a variety of services to fit your needs—including boarding, house sitting, dog walking, and more. Another useful tool for keeping track of your pet while on the go is Furbo. Furbo combines an at-home camera console with a mobile app that allows you to see, hear, and speak to your pet from anywhere in the world with the internet! The best part? You can fill your Furbo with treats and feed your fur baby with the touch of a button.

Get Pet Insurance

The last and most important piece of advice we have for all traveling pet owners is to get pet insurance. Whether you are on assignment or at home, having pet insurance is imperative for ensuring your pet gets the care they need, when they need it. Not to mention, with the benefits of pet insurance, the cost of care and medication will be much lower for you. The last thing you want is to be caught in an emergency with your pet without the confidence that your insurance has you covered.

With these tips in hand, you and your companion are set for success, wherever in the country you decide to go.

Are you ready to begin the next great adventure with your pet? Learn more about the exciting opportunities currently offered by Med Travelers.