Moving With Pets

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Buying a house and moving into it can be a chaotic event, this is just as stressful a time for our furry little friends. It is easy when you are caught up in the turmoil of packing to forget that this might be a traumatic event for them as well. Note these simple steps and apply them to help make the transition for you and your pets as easy as possible.

  • Make sure that your pet’s tags are updated with the proper information and identification, it is also possible to have your contact information implanted via microchip.
  • Keep your pet’s Veterinarian Documentation safe with you, this will include license numbers, microchip numbers, current vaccination records, a neuter/spay certification and a recent photo of your pet.
  • Keep plenty of food with you as moving can be very time-consuming and you can’t be sure when you will be able to go to the store,
  • Get a veterinary checkup to make sure that they are in good health and able to travel.
  • Keep your pet somewhere safe and quiet when it comes time to move so that they aren’t overstimulating from all of the disorder. If possible leave them with a friend or family member.

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  • Make sure that you take your pet yourself in your own vehicle. It will give them a familiar environment so they are more comfortable and less stressed from the move.
  • Move in as many familiar items as possible such as rugs, couches, tv, toys, etc as you can before you move your pet so when they arrive at the new house they will be comforted by many items that they are used to being there waiting for them.
  • Remember that different states and countries have different laws and regulations for pet owners you will need to bring certificates for inspections and vaccinations.Check local ordinances to find out about licensing rules, leash laws, and how many pets per household are allowed  
  • Make sure rabies tags are up to date, most states require that all cats and dogs have a rabies tag.
  • If you own exotic pets you might need to get a permit depending on the state or country that you are moving to.
  • Make sure that you book lodgings in advance in case you have any overnight stops make sure that it is pet-friendly so your little loved one isn’t outside sleeping in the car.
  • If you are moving a fish, make sure that you have an aquarium set up and waiting. The vessel that you are moving them must be secure, any breaks or leaks can spell disaster. Special care needs to be taken as any sudden temperature or chemical changes to the water will jeopardize their well being and they may not survive the move without proper care and preparation.
  • It is not uncommon for birds to fly away when moving day arrives.They are very jittery pets prove to take off at a moment’s notice. It’s best that you keep them in their cages so that you aren’t waving goodbye because they flew the coop.

To many, these are not just adorable creatures that keep you company but also an extended member of the family. Follow these advice, so that you will get to your new home with your pets safe and sound.

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