Pets are often overlooked in the process of a move and, as a result, when the truck is loaded and ready to pull away from the curb, the pet owners realise the pets are missing. Whether a local relocation or relocating to a new state, moving is stressful on the pets. As a responsible pet owner, it is essential to take all precautions and measures to help your pets during the moving process and into transitioning into their new home. Following are moving with pets tips from St George Removalist.
Tips for Moving with Pets
- Do not move until you have your pet’s tags updated. The tags should have your new address and your cell phone number as well as your telephone number to your new place if possible. Your pet’s collar should be sturdy, and the tag securely fastened to the collar.
- Ask your pet’s veterinary for your pet’s records before moving day. It is important that prior to moving day you have your pet’s vet info. This includes a copy or your pet’s vaccinations, any medical prescriptions, the pet’s medical history, etc. Your new vet will require all previous records. Also, record your current vet’s phone number in case an emergency with your pet arises, or you need information once you are settled into your new home.
- Have food and medications for no less than a week packed. When you arrive at your new place, having one less thing to concern yourself with will help ease the stress associated with settling into your new place. Be prepared with food and any medications your pet will need for at least the first week of your transition.
- On moving day, keep your pet away from the chaos. Pets are emotional, and the stress of a move will be felt by the animal. They are also prone to fright with all the activity on moving day. The night before the move, move the animals into the home or garage. On moving day, have a room like the spare bathroom designated for the pets. Place a sign on the door that says Do Not Open Pets Inside. This will ensure that your pets are at home when you are ready to leave the home.
- Have a pet’s first aid kit ready. A first aid kit can tame an emergency and even save your pet’s life. Ask your vet what supplies they recommend- a few recommended supplies include gauze to wrap wounds, your vet’s phone number, hydrogen peroxide, bandages, towels, adhesive tape for bandages, tweezers.
- Transport your pet safely in your vehicle. Travelling with your pet lose in the car or truck is a mistake. Visit your local pet store and purchase a crate for your animal to travel in while being transported to the new place. You can also purchase restraining harnesses that come in different styles, but most attach to the seatbelt of the vehicle. Keep your vehicle well ventilated while driving and be sure that the crate or carrier with a seat belt and be sure that your pet has all their comfort items- their favorite toy, a blanket, etc. Also, have food and water to offer your pet when you stop at rest areas. And, most don’t forget the leash, even if the pet is a cat as it is easy to lose a pet at a rest area.
- If you are travelling by air, check with the airline prior to departing for the airport. It is important that you are aware of any pet requirements or restrictions regarding your pets transport. Depending on the airline and the size of your pet, the airline may allow the pet to travel in the cabin, but you will be required to purchase a special airline crate that tucks under your airline seat. If you feel that your pet will have a great deal of anxiety flying, speak with your vet about measures to take.
- Prior to moving, locate a new veterinary clinic and a pet hospital. This is essential as you may find that an emergency immediately arises at your new home. Being prepared could mean the difference of your pet’s life.
- Prepare your new home for your pets. When you arrive at your new home, have your pet’s box ready. Take out the food bowls and fill them, their toys and bed, etc. Put as many familiar items into their new surroundings as possible. Also, be sure to keep the animals in a secured area like the bathroom while moving all the boxes and furniture into your new home. While the pet gets familiar with your new home, keep the windows and doors locked.
- Once you are settled into your new home, learn what is available for your pet- a pet park, the local pet store, etc. Also learn about any health concerns in the area of Lyme disease or heartworm- here it is best to make a visit to your new vet to discuss any concerns and vaccinate the animal for any possible health hazards.
For more information on relocation’s or to talk with a moving specialist to obtain budget moving rates, contact St George Removalist.