There are many moving parts when it comes to organizing a pet move, with one key area being veterinarian offices. Often multiple vet visits are needed to prepare for a move, so it's important for doctors and staff to have a good understanding of travel procedures as well as pre-travel and post-travel health advice.
We work with many vet offices around the world, and one of our favorites is Katy Trail Animal Hospital in Dallas, TX. Since they're always so helpful and friendly when we're working to prepare our Dallas-area pets, we thought we'd take a moment to explore their point of view.
Debbie Bumbard is a receptionist at Katy Trails, and she was kind enough to answer a few questions for us.
How often do you see pets who are getting ready to move?
Annually, we see approximately 180 pets moving outside of Dallas. Of that number, 40-50 are traveling or moving internationally.
What are pet owners most surprised about when it comes to the health aspects of relocating?
The amount of paperwork, time and money involved.
Has the clinic learned a lot about pet travel from working with PetRelocation.com? What do you think you’ve taught us in return?
PetRelocation.com has been a godsend! Always willing to help when I have a question or concern. Our clients have been very pleased with the services they offer.
What advice do you have for people helping their pets get used to a new home after a move?
Take it slow. Do not give the pet free reign of the house initially. Over the first few weeks gradually work up to letting the pet explore the entire house. We also recommend all natural stress relief products for pets to help with any anxieties they may be experiencing.
Do you have any fun stories to share relating to pet travel?
Something that I always ask our clients to do when moving or traveling abroad is to send us a picture of the pet in their new country. We have pictures of Labs in Paris, Pomeranians in Italy, cats in Hawaii and Shepherds in Brussels, just to name a few! It is always a nice feeling to know that you helped with the process of getting them there and made the process as stress free as possible for owner and pet.
As always, please contact PetRelocation.com with any pet travel questions you have.