Locum providers and pets share a special bond. But, with the nature of the work and traveling to different locations for varying lengths of time, it can be challenging for their four-legged friends. That doesn’t mean the locum lifestyle precludes you from owning pets. Here are a few things you can do to ensure your fur babies are well cared for, whether you take them on the road or board them.
Do your research
Whether you are planning to stay in a rental or hotel, find out in advance if they accept pets. Many online resources can help make your search for pet-friendling lodgings easier. Even if they accept pets, dig deeper and ensure it meets your particular breed’s needs. Wapiti’s logistics team is happy to ensure your room is pet friendly if you need this accommodation.
If you are flying to your assignment, it’s essential to read up on the airline’s pet travel guidelines and requirements. Avoid problems at the airport by making sure, in advance, that your pet carrier gear complies with these policies. When driving, make frequent stops for your pet to stretch their legs and take bathroom breaks.
Don’t wait until your pet gets sick or injured to look for a veterinarian. Research local vets before you arrive, including which ones offer emergency services. Keep a copy of your pet’s medical records and vaccination history on hand to avoid unnecessary hiccups that could delay care.
For locum providers and pets the sometimes nomadic lifestyle can be stressful. Establishing routines will ensure they adjust to their new surroundings. This includes adhering to a consistent schedule for mealtimes, bedtime, and other activities. Regular walks help pets adapt to their new environment and feel less stressed.
Stay connected if you are not planning on taking your fur baby to your next assignment. Technology is a great way to maintain your connection with your pet. Arrange with whoever is caring for your pet for regular video check-ins with your animal to relieve some of the separation anxiety they might be feeling. Seeing your face and hearing your voice can go a long way in alleviating their stress.
Being a locum pet owner can be challenging. But a little extra time and planning, from researching accommodations and local veterinarian services to keeping them on a consistent schedule, can make the transition smoother for your furry friend.
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