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Traveling With Pets

Life on the road can be more awesome with a furry companion. We offer pet-friendly benefits, meaning we will work to find you housing that not only accepts your pets but is also a comfortable fit for their unique needs so there is no need to worry if you’re traveling with pets. While they can present challenges, we understand they also enhance your experience.

At AB Staffing, we go above and beyond to make sure your companion can effortlessly become travel companion.

You get the best of both worlds when you are able to experience the joy of exploring a new location while still being able to come home to your beloved pet each day.

Traveling with pets is rewarding and can be easily done with just a little extra planning.

Whether you go old-school with a notebook or prefer to jot a note your smartphone or tablet, write out a list of all the considerations and tasks you’ll need to plan for when traveling with your pet(s). Making a list will help you mentally wrangle the list, make it seem less daunting, and also help keep you from forgetting anything crucial.

  • Is your companion up to date on their shots?
  • Do you have a certificate from your vet so your pet can (legally) travel to a different state?
  • Is your carrier the right size and type for the type of trip you’re taking?
  • Do you need to stock up on treats, food, or other necessities before you leave?

The list will depend on you and your pet(s) specific needs. Make sure you take the time to brainstorm a thorough list of things to do and consider, which you can also add to as new things occur to you.

Enjoy the Roadtrip!

Most travelers drive to their assignments — which likely means a road trip for your pet! Keep your pet’s experience in mind at all times and try to make it as smooth as possible for them. Cats especially may be very skittish and fearful of car rides, so they (and some dogs, too) should be kept in a carrier or kennel during the trip, which protects them and also provides security. Never leave your pet(s) unattended in your car for anything more than a quick bathroom break. It’s best not to smoke, blare loud music, or do anything else that might irritate their senses and cause any undue stress. You may want to talk to your pet throughout your journey, as the sound of your voice can be a reassuring presence to them.

Find local pet services and attractions when traveling with pets.

From local vets to groomers to pet stores and parks, make sure that you acquaint yourself with pet services and attractions in your new city. You don’t want to end up in an emergency situation — whether that’s a health issue or just the perfect weather to go the dog park — without knowledge of where to go.

Using Yelp or with word of mouth help from your new colleagues, make a shortlist of the names and locations of pet vendors, vets, and any other pet services or attractions you may need or want to explore in your new home. Seeking this kind of information is an excellent way to break the ice and bond with new coworkers at your facility — so it’s two birds with one stone! (Hmmm, maybe not the best analogy for an article about pets!)

Traveling with pets means making sure they’re comfortable, including when they get to their new home.

When an animal is adjusting to a new place, it’s best to follow their cues to help interpret their needs. Cats may hide under furniture and need a little time and space. Give it to them, but also be sure to check in fairly often, offering treats and some reassuring words spoken in a soft voice. Dogs may need a little extra attention, so make sure to pay attention to that. Make sure food, water, litter box, etc. are accessible and plentiful. And, while you are also busy adjusting to a new location and job, try to make the time to engage in play, grooming, and training habits. Consider calming treats, pet-safe sprays, or diffusers as helpful options for pets prone to anxiety.

Keep in mind that traveling with pets takes extra preparation time but having your loved one with you will make the adjustment for you a little easier!

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