Moving With Pets
Moving on its own is a very demanding and stressful experience. Packing up all of your belongings and moving them from one place to another can quickly take its toll on the entire family, and for many people pets are part of the family. In most cases your pets have only ever lived in one location. When you start packing up everything, and moving furniture out of the house, they know something is happening. It can cause them to behave differently. They might become very nervous, anxious or even frightened. Remember all those times that your pet has been there for you and made you feel happy when you were down? Now it is your turn to console your pet, and make them as comfortable as possible through out the entire moving process.
Here are some tips that will make moving with your pet easier
If you have hired a mover, make sure that they do not take your pet supplies with them. You must keep your pet’s food, medicine, toys, beds, and anything else that they may use on a daily basis with you.
If you own exotic pets, it is a good idea to do a little research and make sure the local laws will allow them before you move them. Snakes, lizards, turtles, and other exotic pets are not always welcome in some areas.
The main thing that you need to consider for your pet is comfort. If you have never taken your pet for a ride in a car, give it a test run before moving day. Some animals don’t like riding in cars. Some of them get sick, and others loose complete control over their bladders and bowels. You do not want this happening at the beginning of a long drive. If your pet does not like riding in a car, consult your veterinarian. Your veterinarian will be able to prescribe your pet a tranquilizer that will make the drive easy for the pet and you.
If your pet likes to ride in the car, then you are in luck. The entire trip should be a fun experience for everyone. No matter how much your pet may like to ride, it is always a good idea to keep them in either a crate, or some other sort of pet carrier. You don’t need an over excited dog jumping into the drivers seat while you are barreling down the freeway, and you don’t need a cat digging it’s claws into the back of your neck while you are trying to drive.
You will also need to make frequent potty breaks for your pets. They may be properly potty trained at home, but you are no longer in your home, and the extra stress can make for a weak bladder. Try an keep the temperature in your vehicle nice and comfortable as well. Some pets can’t handle it when things get too hot or too cold, and never leave your pets in the vehicle alone. It only takes a few minutes on a hot day to do irreversible damage to your pets.
If you are flying to your new destination, make sure that you have the proper pet carrier for an airplane. Don’t get one that is too small, or your pet will be miserable the entire plane flight.
These tips should help make the big move much easier for you and your pets!