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Moving With Your Pets
09/08/15 at 12:14 PM | Published Under Travel with Pets
We all know that moving to a new home can be stressful – not only for ourselves but also for our pets. With planning, patience and affection, however, you can help your dogs and cats adjust more quickly to their new home.
Here are a few tips to make moving with your pet run smoothly.
- Since cats and skittish dogs aren’t keen on big changes, bring moving boxes in gradually and early.
- Maintain a familiar room for your pets that you’ll pack up last.
- Maintain your pets’ normal routine as much as possible.
- If you don’t own one, purchase a proper size pet carrier or crate and keep it open so your pet can enter when she pleases. Begin this process early so your dog or cat will grow accustomed to it.
- Add your new address and telephone number to a new ID tag. Your pet should wear both her old and new tags before and after the actual move in case your pet is lost.
- Carry recent photographs of your dog or cat in case she gets lost on either end.
- On moving day, keep your pets at a friend’s house. If that’s not convenient, put pets in a quiet room with the door shut. Provide plenty of food, water and familiar items like favorite toys.
- Place a large “DO NOT ENTER” sign so friends, family and moving professionals know that the room is strictly off limits.
If traveling by car for more than two hours, be sure to:
- Restrain your pet safely in the vehicle with a system such as the Sherpa® Safety Suite™. Be sure to provide plenty of water during your trip.
- Clip nails to prevent pets from hooking them in carrier door, holes and other crevices.
- If your pet doesn’t like the car, ask your vet about medication that might reduce the stress of travel. There are also anxiety-reducing herbal supplements available at most pet specialty stores.
- NEVER leave your dog or cat in a parked vehicle in warm weather.
- NEVER put your pets in a car trunk, open pick up bed or storage area of a moving van.
If traveling by air, be sure to plan early.
- Check with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, your vet and your airline for regulations, restrictions and precautions about flying your pet.
- Most airlines allow small dogs and cats on board for an additional fee. Check www.flygob.com to find your airline’s specific regulations for flying with pets in-cabin.
Once you arrive at your new home, close off doors and allow your pet to adjust to one room at a time. Make one room a home base that will include favorite treats, toys, water bowls, food and litter box (cats). Continue this process gradually by introducing other rooms in the house.
While it’s understandable to be stressed during a move, keep in mind that pets are very perceptive to human emotion. Take time to be playful and affectionate with your pet, and the transition to a new home will be a much smoother process for the entire family.