General Guidelines To Move Your Pet Safely During Pets Travel
Moving is a very stressful activity for one and all. Imagine how nerve-wracking it can be for your pets that cant express their stress and fatigue in words as we do. All that they can do to let you know of their disapproval is not to react to your loving attitude towards them when you have made a move. However, you can follow a few guidelines to make the move as less taxing for them as possible so that they can settle in their new homes faster.
Plan well ahead of time and maintain your pets routine. Keep it regular so that they are not overwhelmed by the sudden change. If you feed, play or exercise with your pet at a certain time then keep doing the same till a few days before you are scheduled to leave. During the final crunch period, it will be best to leave your pet with a friend or in a kennel, or in the case of a cat, locked in a room with food, water, its carrier and toys.
You need to invest in a sturdy carrier for your pet before you move. Additionally, it is very important to make your pet accustomed to the carrier days before you move. You can get these carrier at pet shops or can also consult you vet for the same.
An ID tag is a must to keep your pet safe while moving from one place to other. Purchase a new ID tag for your pet and write down your new address and your phone number, which you will use during and after moving, on the tag. Write with a permanent marker so that it does not get washed away. Preferably, buy a detachable collar for your cat so that even if it gets stuck somewhere, it can free itself rather than getting choked. For dogs it is recommended to buy collars that do not have dangling tags. Tags that are attached to the collar are much safer. Additionally, you should also have a ready description of your pet written down with a recent photograph that can be used in case your pet is lost.
On the day you move keep your pet in a safe and secure place. Preferably, keep it in a bathroom or an empty room and hang a large ғDo Not Open sign outside so that movers do not open the door and let your pet out. Letting your pet out in any way on the day you move can be very dangerous for your pet as well as for others. Your pet might react, growl or even bite movers who have come in to move your belongings. Your pet might as well get frightened and dash out of the house and harm itself. So, keep it out of reach for anybody on the day you move.
Before you move get your pet thoroughly examined by your vet and make sure that all the vaccinations are up to date. Get the latest heath certificates (at most, 10 days old) and records and also check if he can recommend any vet in your new locality. You can get the same information by calling American Animal Hospital Association.
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