Moving with Pets
Your pets: How to safely move them
Whatever pet you have in your home is someone who can not live without. So when it comes to relocation to another town or city, make sure that you pay equal attention to pet moving as you would to any other aspect of relocation. There are various steps and precautionary measures you have to take before, during and after the journey, so that your pet is safe and healthy on arrival at the new destination as well as takes the least amount of time to adjust to the new surroundings.
Here are some tips on how to safely move your pets:
Planning is as usual critical in moving with your pet. Advance planning will put minimal stress on you as well as your pet.
While making arrangements for pet moving, stick to all normal schedules of the pet.
If you have a dog or a cat and would like to confine it in a carrier while
moving, buy a pet carrier much in advance. Make your pet get used to spending time inside this carrier. There are plenty of high-quality pet carriers available in the market.
Then you need a brand new identification tag for your pet. There are a large variety of such ID tags available in the market. You could tie a tag with your new address and phone numbers such as a collar, etc. The identification details can also be imprinted on it. Then there are tags which are attached to the collar but do not dangle prominently. This will ensure that your pet is less likely to get lost in your new neighborhood.
You need to keep your pet in a secure place on the day of moving. Whether it is inside a carrier or not, place the pet in a quiet corner of the house, from where he can not run away. Let not anyone enter this room including the moving company representatives.
While most dogs live traveling by car, cats do not normally prefer cars for travel. While you need to use a restraining harness for the dog, you could use a safe, secure and well-ventilated carrier for your cat.
It is advisable never to leave pets locked inside a parking area, especially during summer as the heat of a confined place may even kill them.
Never put pets in the trunk of a car, on the open bed of a pick-up truck or the storage area of a van.
If your pet is travel-sick, talk to your vet and get a medication for preventing travel-related nausea, etc. Based on the area where you are relocating, your pet may also need additional vaccines for adhering to local rules.
Ensure that you carry the necessary vaccine records, health certificates, etc when you move with the pet.
In case there is a over-night stop over, make prior bookings with the hotel which will allow you pets inside.
If you are traveling by air, you have to check with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the airline as well as you vet whether your pet is allowed to fly. All airlines have their safety procedures for carrying pets on board and these rules must be followed, for the safety of your pet.