Moving with pets can be difficult for pets because they don’t know what is going on, but after reading our moving tips for pets, you can help them rest securely.
You’ve done your research and found a good mover, you’ve talked with your kids and prepared them for the move, but what can you do for your pets?
Moving Tips For Pets: Before the Move
1. When moving to a new area make sure that you familiarize yourself with their local laws. A few specific things to check for are licensing laws and leash laws. You should also look for pet ordinances such as insurance requirements or breed and size restrictions. Many areas also limit the amount of animals allowed in your household.
2. Talk with your vet to get a copy of your animals health records and to receive recommendations on medication or training techniques that may make the move easier on your pet. It is also a good idea to see if your vet has any recommendations for a new vet in the area you will be moving to.
3. Find a new vet in the area you are moving to. It is good to have a vet lined up before the move, just in case something happens.
4. Even if you normally do not have an ID tag on your pet, get them one with your new address. Even the calmest animal can get scared and take off during a move.
5. If your animal is micro-chipped, make sure that you contact the registry and change your contact information. If you don’t know the number or registry, ask your vet to scan it and provide you with the information.
6. Figure out how to restrain your animal during the drive. Even animals that are used to traveling can get excited, nervous or antsy on long drives, you don’t need them distracting the driver. Travel crates are a great way to safely secure your pet and are excellent for all animals. While this may be a great way to secure your small animals, due to space constraints it is not always effective for larger animals. Look at the selection of pet barriers and seat belts available and find one that will work best for your situation.
7. Take test drives. Now that you have figured how to safely transport your pet, you need to get them used to it. It is recommended that you take your animal friend for a few drives with their new restraint before the big day so that they can get used to it, and traveling in general. This also gives you the opportunity to discover if your pet gets car sick and secure any medication or treatment you may need for it.
8. If you have to travel a long way, with your animal, it is best to find pet-friendly overnight accommodations before you need them. Call the hotel to confirm their pet policies before you book, some ‘friendly’ hotels will only accept animal under a certain weight, which may rule out your big dogs.
Moving Tips For Pets: After the Move
1. If you are not leaving immediately with your pets, put them in a secure location such as a bathroom, or their carrier and ensure that everyone knows where they are. If putting them in a room mark the door just to be safe. With all the comings and going you don’t want them to slip out an open door.
2. Keep some consistency to their day. Check on them regularly and stick with their normal feeding and potty schedule.
3. Put a copy of vet records and vet contact information in the glove box of the vehicle the animal will be traveling in. It is better to have it near at hand, in case you need it.
4. Keep a restraint on them at all times. Keep a firm grip on the leash whenever you put them in or out of their carrier or the car as that may be the only thing that keeps them from bolting on you.
5. Keep an eye on them for signs of extreme distress, especially during travel. If is seems too much for them, then pull over and sit with them for a bit, maybe take them for a short walk, play with their favorite toy, or give them a small treat. Each animal will handle the stress of a move differently, use your judgment on how you react.
6. When you arrive at the new place try to stay within sight or at least earshot of your pet, for at least 24 hours. Do not let them outside unattended, and do not let them loose when people are bringing things in and out of the new home.
7. Make sure that your pets have familiar items in an area that they can feel safe and secure.
Moving day is stressful, but at least with these moving tips for pets it will be easier.
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