Summer Pet Travel Tips for Locum Tenens Providers

Golden Retriever in a car

Summer is approaching, and it can be a great time of the year to travel with your pet(s). Not surprisingly, many clinicians who work locum tenens want to take their furry, four-legged friends on assignment this time of year. If you are one of them, after your recruiter has verified pet-friendly housing can be secured, use the following tips to realize safe travels and give new meaning to the dog (or cat) days of summer.


    • Schedule an appointment with your vet before you leave. If you are flying, you will need a current health certificate signed by an accredited veterinarian, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. If all is well, the certificate will indicate that your pet does not have an infectious disease and satisfies import requirements of the state to which you will be traveling. In addition to confirming your pet is fit for the trip, you can confirm that his or her vaccinations are up to date.



    • Be sure ID tags are current and firmly affixed to your pet’s collar, as recommended by Canine Journal in a recent post. In addition, the article suggests pet owners consider microchipping their animals. If your pet is already microchipped, make sure your contact information is correct or current before you head to your assignment.


    • If your pet routinely visits a groomer, ask the professional pet stylist to be judicious with the clippers when giving it a haircut to better ensure your animal maintains enough fur to avoid damage from ultraviolet rays.


    • Consider using sunscreen made especially for dogs or cats, like Petkin SPF 15 Doggie Sunstick or Epi-Pet Sun Protector Spray. Applying a thin layer of the product to areas where your animal’s skin is most vulnerable, such as the nose, paw pads, belly, and the tips of the ears, can make a world of difference in protecting your pet from sunburn.


    • Depending on your assignment locale and schedule, when the weather is particularly hot and humid, if possible, limit your pet’s exercise regimen to early morning hours or the evening. When walking a dog, be mindful of the ground below your feet. Asphalt absorbs sunlight, which is converted to heat that can climb to 140 degrees and higher on a hot summer day and burn sensitive paw pads.


  • Pack a travel bag for your pet. First, compose a checklist to reduce the likelihood of leaving anything behind, including:
    • Pet food from home. (It will ensure your animal has his or her preferred food en route and that you will have extra on hand in case you cannot find it in your assignment area. Of course, you can order more from Chewy, Petco, or another online retailer of pet supplies once you have reached your destination.)
    • Cool, refreshing water
    • Food and water bowls
    • Healthy treats
    • Favorite toys and bedding
    • Collar and leash
    • Medications
    • First-aid kit
    • Phone numbers and addresses of a veterinarian and animal emergency hospital in or close to your assignment area. (Keep this info in an envelope with your animal’s up-to-date health records. If your pet becomes ill or injured, it could save precious time and possibly your cat or dog’s life.

Call Medicus Healthcare Solutions at 855.301.0563 to explore locum tenens opportunities with an experienced recruiter, and read our blog posts for tips, the latest news and trends, and other helpful information.

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