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Moving With Your Pets

Whether you're planning to move to the next town or across the country, you have a big job ahead of you. In all the preparation involved in moving, don't forget about your four-legged family members...

Whether you're planning to move to the next town or across the country, you have a big job ahead of you. In all the preparation involved in moving, don't forget about your four-legged family members. Just like with your children, your pets will need some special consideration. Here are some helpful tips to make the move as smooth as possible for everyone.

You need to begin by getting an updated health check from your veterinarian insuring your pet is ready for travel. Also, get copies of all the records to take with you for the new vet. Don't forget to get new tags for your furry friends with the new address and phone number. If possible, start your packing early and do it gradually. Cats and dogs are very in tune to changes, and the less frantic rushing around the less stress they will feel. During the preparation stages, try to keep your dog or cats routine as normal as you can. Keep the same feeding schedule, and keep walks or playtime the same. If you are making a local move, take your pets to visit the new home before moving day. Make sure to keep your feline friends inside when visiting and put your dogs on a leash and walk them around the yard and even around the neighborhood.

When moving day arrives, designate an area or room as the pets room and put their bedding, toys and food in the room. Post a sign on the door so movers are aware and don't accidently let them out. An even better solution may be to board your dog or cat for the day or have a friend or family member "babysit" your furry baby at their home. 

When it comes time for the actual move, it is best for cats or kittens to be secured in a small crate. This will keep them safe in the car as well as provide a sense of security. Small dogs should also be in a crate and larger dogs should ride in the back seat, preferably with a pet seat belt harness. Never sedate or medicate your dogs or cats unless your veterinarian prescribes something specifically. It is helpful if you can have the new house somewhat put together before bringing the animals home, but if not, do the same thing you did in the old house, designate a pet room to keep Spike and Fluffy safe while you're working. Check in on them periodically so they don't feel left out and continue to take them for walks when necessary. Once all the movers and all the help have gone, let your pet join the family and encourage them to explore, although your kitty may want to hide for a while. 

Remember, moving can be an ordeal for everyone, and just like with children, pets are creatures of habit and they get used to their schedule and routine. Be patient because stress can cause pets to misbehave and act out....again just like kids. Be extra careful because some dogs or cats may want to run away from the unfamiliar environment. 

If your move will require air travel, start early to find out everything you will need to do. Check with different airlines to find out their specific rules and requirements. If you have a dog that is too big to fly with you in a carry on, it will be a challenge to find the right cargo carrier to make the safest accommodations. Everything from extreme temperatures to connecting flights can make a difference. It takes some research but many of the airlines have experience shipping dogs or puppies and have it down to a science.

With some careful preparation, patience and love, a move can be successful with minimal stress to your childrenFree Web Content, two-legged and four-legged alike.

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