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Relocating with Your Pets



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By : Sonia Smith    99 or more times read
Moving could be stressful for people, but it could be terrifying for your pets who have spent most of their lives inside the home and have not ventured outside of your house.

Additionally, removing them from their favorite piece of furniture could change their life entirely.

Fortunately, there are things that you can do to make the move a lot easier for your pets and you as well. Below are tips when moving with your pets.

  1. Consider the current physical condition of your pets, their age and temperament before deciding to take them with you. Bear in mind that long distance travel is taxing to many animals.

  2. Make sure that your pet wears identification and required license tags in case they get lost.

  3. Inform your veterinarian about moving and ask if he or she knows of any vet in your new home to refer to you. Consult regarding treatment if your pet has a condition that could possibly get worse after your move. You should also ask a copy of the medical history of your pet.

  4. If you are travelling long distance such as flying, ask your veterinarian for sedatives unless your pet is travelling in the cargo area of the plane. This is helpful if your pet does not travel well or is cage aggressive.

  5. In an air travel, you will probably need a health certificate from your vet and may need a time requirement, like a certificate that should be dated thirty days before your travel schedule.

  6. A few days before making your move, your pets could become nervous because of all the unusual activities in the house. Watch them closely because stress could cause them to misbehave or even run away.

  7. If you are going to move across state lines, call or write the state veterinarian or the State Department of Animal Husbandry to inquire on laws regarding entry of animals. Some states will require up to date rabies vaccinations.

  8. Schedule your dogs to be groomed at least a week before leaving. This will make them smell clean when you travel and their nails trimmed to avoid ruining your car interior. Trim or shave dogs with long hair and give your cats a good brushing during your relocation.

  9. You could spoil your pets during the stressful time of preparing for relocation. Let them sleep in the bed, take them for walks, take time to play with them, treat and feed them with their favorite food or treats. This will help lift their spirits on the actual day of moving. Pets often are the last thing on people’s minds during relocation and they could feel unloved or neglected, which could bring a bad behavior or more stress to them.

  10. After you move, give your pets time to adjust to the new surrounding and new home and do not let them roam the area freely until they realize where the new home is now, or else they could get lost.
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