It's crunch time and you're finally ready to make the move! Undoubtedly, the pressures are mounting and in the preparation many details are slipping through the cracks. There's bound to be a lot on your mind but don't forget that this change in routine and demeanor isn't going unnoticed by your reasonably befuddled pet.
Remember, your pet has to undergo the same psychological and physical strains that weigh so heavily on your shoulders throughout the pet moving process. The only difference being that they can't be sure of what exactly is happening, what is causing such an upheaval in their previously stable and comfortable environment. Needless to say, this can leave many animals feeling confused, disassociated, and most of all, scared.
By taking certain steps prior to the big move, you can help ease this transition period for your pet while also resting content in the fact that you did everything necessary to make your pet's travel as comfortable and stress-free as possible.
1) Crate training is the most helpful thing you can do for your pet when traveling. This will be your pet's "home-away-from-home" for a hefty length of time, so it serves that it should be someplace that your pet feels familiar and comfortable.
2) Don't feed your pet right before the flight and make sure they have a relatively empty stomach prior to boarding. If your pet is full, traveling might give it an upset stomach that can lead to all sorts of unpleasantness. Hydration is essential though, so make sure to provide your pet with plenty of water up to the time of travel.
3) Play with your pet before going to the airport. It might be a long time before your pet has the opportunity to run around and exercise, so take advantage of any downtime you might have and put it to good use.
4) Arrive to the airport early. Airlines require that passengers must check in pets two hours prior to flight time, but it's usually a safe bet to get there even earlier. This can give you time to treat your pet to an extra walk or to just some good-ol'-fashioned cuddling.
So keep in mind, you're not the only one stressed out. Your pet relies on you and trusts you to keep it safe. Whatever you can do to ease the troubles of your furry friend will be instantly gratified when you see the happy wag of a tail or lick to the face in your family's new home!