Moving is often a hectic experience for most people; however, it can be a poor experience for your pets especially if they have only know life within the walls of your home, having never ventured outside. Here are some tips to help make moving with pets easier.
The move will mean taking them away from their favorite piece of furniture which could be a significant change to their way of life.
Below are some excellent tips that can help the move more comfortable for both you and your pet.
Your Pet’s Age
Consider your pet’s temperament, sex, age, and physical condition before you put the animal in the car for the long ride to the new place. Long distance travels tend to be a taxing experience for most animals.
The pet should have a license tag and proper identification so that it’s owner can be located if the pet gets lost during the relocation.
Inform Your Vet
Let the pet’s vet know of the move and ask for any referrals in the new area that the vet may know and suggest. If the pet is not in the best of health, consult about the suitable treatment to help the animal have an easy time during the move; also, to help it settle and adapt to the new place. Additionally, get a copy of the animal’s medical history.
Consider A Sedative If Flying
If the move will include flying, get some sedative from the vet that you give your pet if it will not be traveling in the cargo section. It is a good option if your pet gets aggressive when it is caged.
Get A Health Certificate
Also, you should have a health certificate from the pet’s vet if you are traveling by air; some flight services place such requirements on moving animals. Make sure that the document is dated at least 30 days before the dates of travel.
Watch Closely For Stress
The frenzy of activities around the house in preparation to relocate to a new home can make the pet very nervous. As such, it is wise to monitor the animals watching out for signs of stress that may cause them to act up or run away.
If you are relocating to a new state or moving across state lines, get the information you need about the laws of move with your pet from the state vet or the State Department of Animal Husbandry. For instance, rabies vaccines are mandatory in some states.
Groom Before Move
Take your pet for grooming, especially the dogs, if they get too fury which should be at least a week before the date of travel. The idea is to have them clean with trimmed nails and prevent them from ruining the interior of the car. A good brushing will suffice for cats
Pamper Your Pet
Pamper your pet if you not that it is getting stressed as you prepare to relocate. You can play with the animal, go for walks, giving your pet it’s favorite foods and treats or even allow the pet to sleep in your bed or the couch. The idea is to help it have good spirits on the moving day. Forgetting about the pets is at times very easy for most people as they get engrossed in making plans for the move leaving the animals feeling neglected or unloved, and this causes them to act up.
Allow the animals enough time to adjust to the new place; let them get accustomed to it but do not let them wonder outside alone they could get lost, not unit the learn and are familiar with their new home.