5 Tips When Moving With Pets
Moving Your Furry Family Members
Moving can be stressful, especially if you aren’t working with a quality company. There is always concern of a priceless family heirloom being lost or broken and your are probably under a time crunch but people rarely consider moving their pets a major concern. There is no doubt that pets are family members and the moving can be just as stressful for them as us. So here are 5 Tips When Moving With Pets.
Make the move comfortable! Try using toys, blankets and crates that they know and identify as safe. If they sleep in a crate they obviously feel comfortable in it so use it, have their favourite blanket or toy on hand. The more it seems like home the less stressed out they’ll be. Talk to them as you are driving, they know the sound of your voice and find it calming. You want to make moving your pets as stress free as possible (for the both of you).
2. Planning ahead
Make a list of everything you’ll need for the trip; water, food, medication so that when its time for a break you’re not having to unpack everything. On longer moves map out your route and look for places where you can take breaks and make pits stops so that everyone can get in a stretch. They’re probably on a normal eating and sleep schedule so try to stick to it.
3. Talk to your Veterinarian
Regular check ups are a good idea for any pet but it is especially important before a big move. You’ll want to talk to your veterinarian before moving your pets and make sure that moving your pets is safe and that they are healthy and can handle the move. If you do anticipate problems ask your vet about something to relax them while traveling. This is also a great time to ask for your records and ask about potential vets in your new area.
4. Air Travel
If you have to stay over night when moving your pets make sure you find a hotel or motel that accepts pets before you leave. If you need to fly try to book direct flights and travel at night so that if there is a delay they aren’t sitting in the sun on the tarmac. Call the airline before to make sure that there aren’t any special condition or permits that need to be dealt with beforehand.
5. Make your new home pet friendly in advance (if possible)
Making your new home pet friendly before the big move in day can go a long way in helping them acclimate to their new environment. Insuring that the yard is properly fenced and they are know hazards. For indoor pets try to have an idea of where they are going to be set up before hand.