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How to Care for Your Dog When Living in Two States

Alyssa Strickland - Monday, August 1, 2022

Caring for a dog when you live in a single location is challenging enough. You have to ensure they eat the right food, stay up to date on their vaccines, get regular grooming, and much more. But let’s not pretend it’s not worth the companionship and joy they bring to your life!

That said, living in two different states adds to your pet care responsibilities. And if you don’t approach your new situation with a strategy, you can make life much more stressful than it needs to be. Whether you’re renting out a vacation property in the Bayou or are tired of traveling to and from your new job, these tips from Savior Property Management can help you devise a plan for keeping you and your pet thriving along the way!

Stock Up

You don’t want to have a carload of belongings for you and your pup every time you go from one home to the next. Ease your stress and stop giving yourself so much to think about by ordering multiples of essential items to keep at both houses. Whether crates, beds, collars, or toys, make a list of everything your pet needs so you can stock up.

It’s important to read customer ratings before purchasing a product, but you can take it to the next level by using pet product sites that feature veterinarian reviews. That way, you can be 100% confident in each purchase that you’re contributing to your pet's health and safety.

While you’re at it, consider buying non-perishables, frozen food, and high-quality dog food to keep at both locations. Then, you and Fido can settle right in when arriving at either home.

Keep Fido Healthy 

If you spend half your time in Florida and half your time in Louisiana, make sure you have a reliable veterinarian in both. It’s crucial to take your pup in for regular checkups; you may even want to schedule appointments every few months since you travel more than most other pet owners.

Also, stock up on flea and tick preventatives, and find a trustworthy pet sitter in each state. And if you choose to get pet insurance, keep in mind that it will likely be cheaper in the Sunshine 

State. Take time to compare different providers, coverages, and prices to ensure you’re getting the best policy for protecting your pets.

Prioritize Your Own Health

Don’t forget about your own well-being while busy arranging your pet's life. Prioritize your physical, mental, and emotional health by establishing realistic wellness routines and both states. 

Maybe that means sticking to whole foods except for when you’re on the road. Perhaps you pick up running or jogging, something you can do in both neighborhoods while omitting the expensive gym membership or workout equipment expenses.

Further, try to stick to a consistent nighttime routine. Maintaining the same bedtime and wake time each day and incorporating relaxing activities in the evening can help you get the rest your mind and body need.

Work With Professionals

As in many areas of life, you could probably benefit from hiring professionals to help you create and manage your multi-state living arrangement. For example, if you have a rental property in the Bayou, Savior Property Management can handle the maintenance and other tasks while you’re away.

If you need to leave your pup behind for a specific trip, it can help to have a reliable boarding facility to rely on. Or you could work with an online nutrition coach or personal trainer to stay in shape amid your fluctuating schedule.


Having homes in two different states has its benefits, but it can easily make life more stressful if you don’t have a realistic routine that allows you and your pet to flourish. Don’t waste any more time on stress.

Turn to pet sites that offer vet-reviewed products and buy essential items in bulk for you and your four-legged companion. Be sure to find the right veterinarians and insurance policy for your pet and remember your own health and well-being as you adjust to your new life.

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