Most traveling nurses adore their pets and would not consider traveling if their pets could not be a part of their assignment or if they did not have someone to care for them at home. It is not difficult to incorporate a beloved pet into a traveling career. All that is required is proper planning.

Prior to Traveling

To prevent accidents, it is best for a the pet to be restrained while in a car. This can be easily accomplished with a crate, car seat or harness. This will prevent injury to the pet, and ensure the trip is less stressful. It is important the ID tag has current information in case of an accidental separation. The pet should be taken to the veterinarian prior to the trip, and updated copies of vaccines, shots, chip, and a certificate, if requested. The pet’s rabies tag must be checked to be certain it is up-to-date. Many traveling nurse facilities and hotels will request this information. A dog should receive plenty of exercise before the trip to ensure the trip is more comfortable.

Cats can be a difficult traveling partner, but it isn’t unheard of. Just depends on your specific cat and the level of stress they experience. If a pet is too stressed out on a road trip to the vet, it is wise to find other accommodations while you are away.

Going on the Road

Since a traveling nurse will never refuse efficient help, an excellent company to work for is Therapia. They can provide additional advice and suggestions. Hotels should be booked in advance to ensure a room in a pet-friendly hotel. Do not try to sneak in a pet to save money on fees. If caught, the fees for an undisclosed pet are high. Bring plenty of water, food, poop bags and a leash. Make certain your dog gets plenty of exercise when arriving after being restrained in the car.

For pets who do not travel well and need to stay at home, a company such as can assist with the care of your pet while you are away temporarily. Other options include family and friends who are able to stop by your place a couple times a day or bring the pet to their own home to be cared for and loved.


Many nurses choose to fly instead of drive. This is possible, but it can be complicated. Proper preparations are important. The rules vary depending on the size of the pet. A small pet can often fly in the cabin because they fit into a small crate that will slide right under the seat. The bigger dogs must fly in a different compartment. Each airline has different regulations regarding where the pet will travel based on the breed, the time of year, etc. Its is also important to research the requirements and the safety of the airline. This includes health certificates, vaccinations, the rules for pet ticketing, crate requirements, and the welfare of the pet during travel. This research will ensure the pet will be comfortable and ready to travel and will make the assignment unforgettable. All the requirements should be understood well before the travel date.