Moving with pets can add a layer of complexity to your otherwise easy move. Much like moving with children, pets can easily become stressed or confused in new surroundings. We know you want your loyal longtime furry feline or canine to have an easy and relaxing move, that is why it’s important to plan ahead. We often gets calls from clients and families who are moving wondering what they should do to minimize stress for everyone involved. For the sake of educating our readers, here are some helpful tips we’ve learned about moving with pets.
Moving with Pets? Update your pet’s tag
To lessen the risk of misidentification or lost pets, make sure your pet is wearing a sturdy collar with an identification tag displaying your contact information. The tag should include details like your destination location and cell phone number so that you can be reached immediately during the move should anything happen.
Introduce your pet to a crate
The best way for a pet to travel is in a sturdy and well-ventilated crate, especially if you’re traveling by car. If your dog is not used to crates, you’ll want to introduce one to your dog weeks before moving. This way your dog or cat will be much more relaxed during moving day. Secure the crate with the seat belt and give your dogs some snacks and toys. According to experts at the Pet Realty Network in Naples, FL, you should never keep your pet in the open bed of a truck or the storage area of a moving van.
For long-distance car trips, be identify pet-friendly hotels along your route and reserve rooms ahead of time. Search for pet-friendly hotels at www.petswelcome.com or www.pet-friendly-hotels.net.
Keep medication and food on hand
Don’t pack everything away in the moving truck. It’s always smart to keep at least one week’s worth of medication and food for your pet in case of an emergency. Your new vet cannot write prescription without a visit. Having enough medication for a week should hold you and your pet over during the transition. The same should be done with food for pets on special diets. Carrying extra supply gives you time to find pet food in your new neighborhood.
Check with the airlines before moving with pets
If you’re traveling by air, you should check any airline requirements or restrictions when it comes to moving with pets and other animals. Some airlines will allow pets to travel in the cabin, depending on their size. You should give yourself enough time to coordinate any arrangements necessary for your pet to make it to your destination.
It’s always a smart idea to consult your veterinarian before moving with pets. They’ve also been asked these questions before and know what works and what doesn’t.
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