Moving with Pets

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Moving can be a stressful experience for humans who know what is happening, so think how much more it would be for a pet. Here are a few tips for moving with your chosen companion:

Update tags and microchip

When moving be sure that your pet’s tags and microchip are updated with all the info from your new location. Address, phone number as well as the pet’s name are necessary to secure the safety of your pet and insure against loss at this chaotic time. Even if you plan on not letting your animal out without a leash, accidents are still possible, so be prepared for such an eventuality by doing this important step.

Find a new doctor for your pet

Finding a new veterinarian is another good idea to do ahead of time when moving with pets. It’s a good idea as well to locate an emergency pet facility. Once in your new location if possible, make a visit to the doctor you’ve chosen to ensure that they are a good match for your pet, taking your pet with you so they become familiar ahead of time. You could even give your old neighbors your new address and phone number in case there was a mishap before the move actually took place.

Get them used to the carrier

Give your pet time to adjust to the carrier that he will be using by placing it where he can sniff around and become comfortable with it. Placing a well loved treat inside is a very good idea and praising him whenever he enters. That way he will have positive associations with it. As time goes on, try closing the door for varying periods of time so that he knows that the door will eventually open and so become accustomed with the idea that it is temporary. Then one day, take him for a ride in the container to a park or some other desirable destination, giving him a treat upon arrival. The more he can be used to what will be happening in advance, the less stressful it will be for him. A road trip may even be in order if you can manage it. That way, even if you choose to use movers for your pet’s relocation, he will already be accustomed to the container.

Don’t pack too quickly

It would be easy to get carried away with packing when eager to get things done, but if you do it well in advance then you get it done more gradually and spare your friend the extra anxiety. You might even leave him in the room that will be packed last so they have a refuge from the chaos.

Pack a separate bag for your pet

When moving your pet, make sure you have his favorite food and snacks readily available. Also pack a gallon of water since in some areas, the water may take some getting used to. Besides, it’s easy enough for humans to get dehydrated with all the activity, how much more so the animal who cannot convey to you in words during such a time. We humans do tend to get distracted on moving day with so much to look out for.
Have a current copy of your pet’s health certificate
Keep a current health certificate handy for your animal during the move if it is interstate travel. Some states have more stringent requirements than others. You should know these requirements ahead of time.

Settle your pet in gradually

You might be tempted to open the carrier up and let your pet freely roam and explore the house. But this approach can be overwhelming for your pet at first. Remember that your movers will be working to unload your possessions, and won’t need them underfoot. Consider opening one room at a time to your furry friend so that he can adjust at a more peaceful pace. You can accustom him to each room by keeping some of the doors closed as you unpack until he is ready for the next room. That way he will feel secure knowing what each room contains and that there are no threats.

Special or exotic pets

Take into account all of the special needs that your unusual pet may require, planning in advance for any possible “adventure” that may happen without your intent. That way you can be ready for the surprises that may lay in ambush for your move and not get derailed by these emergencies. Pack everything that you can imagine that your creature would need. Preparation is the key here.
If you keep in touch with your pet and anticipate his needs in advance, you can minimize the impact of the move and thus make this time easier for you both. Moving with pets needn’t be stressful if you keep in mind the necessary requirements of your move.

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