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Animal Transport: 5 Tips for Moving With Pets
Moving is stressful.
Between packing up your entire life and hauling everything to a new place it can be very easy to forget about your furry friends. As stressful as moving can be for humans, it can be so much worse for our pets.
We may get overwhelmed, but we at least understand what’s going on. There’s no way to explain a move to a dog or cat.
Animal transport is not an easy undertaking. But, here are several helpful tips to help you make sure your upcoming move goes a little bit smoother for you and your pet.
1. Get A Crate
Your dog may not like it, but crates are a key tool in animal transport.
Crates provide you with a place to keep your animal during the actual move. They can also keep your pet safe and comfortable after you arrive at your new home.
If your pet is not already used to being in a crate, you’ll need to take some time to get them acclimated to it.
Put your dog or cat in the crate you’ll be using during the move for a few hours a day, gradually increasing the time, for at least a week before the move.
Make sure to keep plenty of your pets favorite treats and toys on hand. Their being in the crate should always be rewarded.
2. Talk to Your Vet
Whether driving or flying, you’re going to have to worry about anxiety and motion sickness.
An appropriate way to tackle both of these issues is by consulting your pet’s vet long before you hit the road.
A veterinarian who knows your pet’s medical history will be able to advise you on the best way to keep your pet comfortable.
While you’re visiting the vet, don’t forget to pick up your pet’s medical records.
3. Get Your Pet Groomed
It doesn’t matter if you’re on a plane or in a car, being in a small enclosed space with your pet is better for everyone if your pet is clean.
Animals tend to shed more when stressed. Make sure your pet gets a good bath, has any excess hair brushed away, and their claws trimmed.
Thorough grooming within a week of moving will help make sure you and your pet remain comfortable and happy for the duration of the trip.
4. Take Breaks
If you’re driving to your new home, make sure to take advantage of a few rest stops, especially if you’re traveling with a dog.
Stopping every few hours to walk your dog will make the whole experience a lot easier for everyone.
If you’re traveling with a cat, you should not let them out at rest stops. If you are on the road for more than eight hours, make sure you have a litter box available.
5. Create a Safe Zone
Once you arrive at your new home, cordon off a small area for your pets. Perhaps designate a specific room for them. This will let you carry in furniture without worrying about your pets getting lost. It will also give your pets a chance to get acclimated to their new surroundings.
Remember to take breaks to spend time with your pet after you arrive.
The Key to Animal Transport
Whether you are moving across the county or the country, the best thing you can do for your pet during a move is to keep them with you.
Spending time with your pet will reassure them and help you keep your stress levels down as well.
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