In this series of moving blogs we have previously discussed the importance of the “Moving Calendar“, “Before You Move” and “Moving With Kids”. In part four of this series we will look at how you will handle your pets.
Moving with Pets
How should I move my pet?
Pets, like any other family member, feel the stress of relocation. Minimizing your pet’s exposure to extreme changes in routine will go a long way to easing its stress (and yours). Consult your veterinarian. Make sure all vaccinations are current, obtain medical records, and ask for a recommendation for a veterinarian in your new area.
Transporting your pet.
Household movers are not permitted to transport live animals in a moving van. Bus companies will only accept seeing-eye dogs accompanied by their owner. Dogs and cats can ride in your car, but make sure you stop at least every two hours. Call ahead to find motels and hotels that allow pets.
If you are flying, your cat or dog can ride in the baggage compartment. Call your airline to find out about vaccination requirements. For long plane trips, or if your pet is nervous, talk to a vet about tranquilizers.
Atlas Van Lines can make shipping arrangements on your behalf for a nominal charge, or you can use a third-party firm that specializes in this area.
There are a number of companies in Canada and the United States that specialize in travel arrangements for pets. Air Animal can arrange to ship pets anywhere in the world (call 1-800-635-3443 for information and a free booklet).
Before the relocation.
Keep your pet’s daily routine as consistent as possible. If possible, arrange with a friend or a kennel to take your pet during the move.
During the relocation
Make sure your animal has identification tags and that the phone number on the tags is current. Have extra food and water on hand in case of emergency.
Arrival at your new home
The sooner you re-establish old routines, the better. Allow your pet to become familiar with the home. Cats should be kept indoors for a few days before being allowed to roam free. Dogs benefit from frequent familiarization walks around the area.
Hamsters, birds, mice, and guinea pigs are best transported in their cages in your own car. Make sure the animal has enough food and water, and do not park in the sun.
There is no practical way to move fish in their aquarium. It is best to give the fish away to a good home, move the aquarium dry, and then purchase new fish when you get to your new home. For short trips, you can carry your fish in plastic bags.
These are some of the tips for your pets that should help. If you have any suggestion, please let us know.
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Anders Treiberg, Associate Broker, REALTOR®
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