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Moving With Your Family Pets

Moving can be a fun and exciting time for you and your family. It's the start of a new adventure and new opportunities. There is also stress that may come along with the move. Moving with your family pets can increase this stress. This article will provide you with information on how to limit the stress and reduce the problems you could face when you're not just moving your family, but moving with your family pets too.

Pre-Planning

Before you move it is important to plan ahead. Have your pet examined by your vet and ask if they have any recommendations such as a tranquilizer or other precautionary measures you should take with your pet for your move. If you will have to switch veterinarians once you move be sure to request your pets records from your current vet before you leave. You should have proof of rabies vaccination and a current health certificate with you if you will be crossing state lines or international borders. Ensure your pet is easily identified by his tags and make sure the information is up-to-date and current. If you have an exotic animal and are moving out of state you will need to check state laws to see if your move will be in violation of any. You may also need a permit for the move. Check other laws as well such as leash laws so you will know what to expect once you have arrived. Allow your pet to get used to whatever container they will be traveling in ahead of time.

During the Moving Process

It is natural to find yourself feeling overwhelmed during the moving process. Keep in mind that your pets can sense anxiety; the calmer you remain, the calmer your pets will remain. Do everything you can to keep your pets as comfortable as possible for the duration of the trip. This will reduce the stress on everyone.

Traveling

The least expensive and least stressful way to travel when moving with your family pets is by car if your destination is within a reasonable distance. Prepare your pet for the ride by taking him on a few short rides in the car prior to your move date. If traveling will be an extended period of time be sure to stop often to allow your pet bathroom breaks. If possible, avoid leaving your pet in the vehicle alone.

If you plan to travel by airplane you must first check to see if your airline allows pets to fly. If the airline does allow pets to fly you must determine if the pet will be flying in your cabin or will have to fly in air freight. Either way make sure the carrier your pet will be traveling in is secure and a comfortable size. A weekday flight will more likely be less crowded and give your pet more room if he is flying in the cargo compartment. Avoid giving your pet water a few hours prior to traveling and feed at least five hours prior to traveling. If possible, book a flight that does not have plane changes to minimize the stress on your pet.

If you will be moving with your family pets by boat you should let your pet get accustomed to boats and water before your move. You may want to start with letting them board a docked boat several times and then slowly allow the boat to undock. Start out with short rides and work your way up to longer cruises. To be safe you can purchase a pet floatation device to ensure that your pet is safe while out on the water. Take a leash with you on the boat in case you need it. If you are traveling on salt water, do not let your pet drink the water. It could make them sick.

Finding a New Vet

If you are moving with your family pets an extended distance you will need to find a new vet. You can ask your current vet for recommendations or look at a list of vets that are associated with the American Animal Hospital Association. If you have family or friends that are located in your new area, you can ask them for recommendations as well. Be sure to take your pets current records with you so you can provide them to your new vet of choice.

At Your New House

Just like you and your family, your pet will need time to adjust to your new home. Try to surround them with familiar items such as a favorite toy, their bed, and their old water and food dishes. If you have moved to a new region be sure that the water you are giving your pet does not upset their stomach. Do not let your pets run loose without supervision until you are sure they are comfortable with their new surroundings and will not get lost.

 

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