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Feeling At Home While on a Travel Assignment

In the past, traveling with a pet may have been viewed as a negative or too much of a challenge, but now that it is more commonplace, travel healthcare professionals are taking advantage of it.
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One of the keys to a successful travel assignment is finding ways to help yourself make your living space feel like home for the 13-weeks you are on the road.  One of the ways many travelers are accomplishing that today is by bringing a piece of their home with them.  In the past, traveling with a pet may have been viewed as a negative or too much of a challenge, but now that it is more commonplace, travel healthcare professionals are taking advantage of it.

Anyone who has a furry friend at home knows the joy of receiving that special greeting when you walk through the door after a long shift. Our pets are a part of the family. Particularly when you are away from home! When searching for a safe, comfortable and conveniently located place to stay for your travel assignment, it only takes a bit more effort to make accommodations to bring your pet along.

For a traveling professional, information is EVERYTHING. Traveling with a pet does present additional challenges, but with good information and realistic expectations, there is no reason you and your furry friend shouldn’t find a great place to stay. Below are some key things to keep in mind when you are considering traveling with a pet.

  1. Traveling with a pet is an added expense. You can expect Pet fees (you don’t get this back), Pet deposits (you will get this refunded if there are no damages), monthly pet rent or a combination of the three.
  2. You will reduce the number of options you can choose from. Searching for pet-friendly options takes a little time, but they are out there, just not as many as if you didn’t have a pet with you.
  3. Many pet-friendly rentals and hotels have a “restricted breed list” These places are pet-friendly except for specified breeds on the list. They sometimes have weight limits as well, so be sure to ask. The 14 most frequent breeds on the restricted list are:

                          Pitt Bull Terrier                   Chow Chow                        Cane Corso

                          Staffordshire Terrier          Doberman Pinschers        Great Danes

                          Rottweiler                           Akita                                    Alaskan Malamute

                          German Shepard               Wolf-Hybrids                      Siberian Huskies

                          Presa Canarios                   Mastiff

 

  1.  Be sure to indicate if you have a cat, bird, reptile or rodent because “pet-friendly” options aren’t all created equal.
  2. Some pet-friendly hotels don’t allow animals to be left in the room unattended so please read all the information regarding the pet policy.
  3. Find a local doggy daycare or boarding facility in the area. This isn’t ideal for some, but it can be a helpful solution when push comes to shove.

It is important to keep in mind that any time you are working with a landlord or property manager, you can negotiate individual terms and fees.  You might be surprised at how flexible some terms and conditions can be, so if you don’t ask, you will never know.

Supplemental Health Care has a team of housing professionals who can help you locate the best place to stay while on your travel assignment.  If you are interested in learning about the exciting assignment opportunities we have available across the United States, contact one of our recruiting professionals today.

 

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