Moving can either be a breeze or a fairly stressful experience, depending on how you handle things. Unfortunately, the same applies to your pets with an even greater effect. They can become severely distressed when having to move long distance to a new place, going through unknown places and experiences. What can we do to alleviate the stress both we and our pets can go through under these circumstances? These tips will provide you with the right answers:
• First of all, you need to prepare a moving schedule so you’ll have a decent chance to keep things organized. This will help you deal with the situation on your own terms while simultaneously staying focused on what you need to do. Without proper planning you will have to deal with delays, nerves and worse.
• Contact your vet as soon as possible and get an appointment. Avoid waiting since this is a big deal. You will need to inform your vet that you are moving to a new place and get any shots done if they are almost due to be done anyway. Consider getting a sedative, prescribed by your vet if your pet has anxiety issues when traveling. Any copies of your vet records and vaccinations will also need to be taken along, as well as a health certificate if you plan on traveling by air. Refill your pet’s prescriptions if they are on any type of medicine.
• Make sure your new home is pet-friendly. This is usually done before you decide to move, however its never wrong to make sure things are alright. If you have a dog, make sure you have a place where they’ll be able to take walks.
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• When you’re making airline reservations, ensure you are doing so directly with your chosen airline. In most cases you’ll be able to fly with your cat or small dog in a pet carrier alongside you in the cabin. If you have a larger pet or the company doesn’t allow it, you may need to consider shipping them in the cargo hold during transit. Regardless of that however, your pet will need special care during such a stressful time. Give the pet carrier some extra padding to protect yourself from “accidents” and to keep your pet warm. The cargo holds can get pretty cold at high altitudes, so keep that in mind if your pet has to stay there during a long flight.
• Consider grooming your dogs or cats right before you leave. They will not only feel clean, but their trimmed nails will protect the interior of your car or new apartment’s surfaces. Having a clean pet will greatly help with keeping your home clean in the beginning.
Make sure you research the road you’ll be taking. If you have to stay someplace overnight, make sure the chosen locale is pet-friendly. Your dogs or cats will want to stretch their legs, as nothing is more tedious and painful than long travel times stuck in a plastic box. Speak with someone at the hotel directly or over the phone to ensure your pets will have proper accommodations when you arrive. Ask them to keep you updated in case their policies change or for any other reason that might disrupt your intentions to stay with your pets.
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