Moving With Pets
Pets typically have a more difficult time acclimating to new environments, and some pets don't fare well traveling, whether by car or plane. You can however take steps to mitigate this period of discomfort for your furry family members. This article will provide tips to help their pets with the transition before, during, and after the move. Although cats and dogs will be the general focus, we'll also include a few tips for birds and other pets as well.
First and foremost, you should take your pet for one last checkup before you move. In some cases, it may be in necessary. While you're at the clinic, take the opportunity to get your pet's veterinary records and health certificates, update any necessary vaccinations such as rabies inoculations, and inquire about entry permits if you intend to travel across state lines. Dogs and horses are required to have interstate health certificates in most states; cats and birds also need the same health certificates for some states. You should also take into account that health certificates are also only valid for a short span of time. Don't forget to ask your vet if he or she can refer another veterinarian in your new city.
If your pet is traveling by plane, you should check with the airlines about any specific regulations they may have, such as pet insurance. If you don't have a carrier, you'll have to purchase one. You can find ideal carrier specifications through the IATA (International Air Transport Association). Include familiar blankets and favorite toys in your pet's carrier to give it a sense of comfort as it travels. Also, make sure to book a direct flight as opposed to a connecting flight, you'll want to reduce the amount of time your pet spends outside waiting to reach your intended destination. If your pet is traveling with you by car, be sure to take frequent bathroom breaks and keep your pet hydrated with a constant supply of water. However, you should not give water or feed your pet right before the move; otherwise it may experience car sickness. And finally, you should never leave your pet unattended in the car.
If you own a dog, one of the first things you should do is take it for a walk around the neighborhood once the movers have unloaded all of your items inside. This is also a great opportunity for you to establish certain boundaries such as streets and traffic.