Make A Move When You Have Pets
Moving within your own country is stressful enough, but an overseas move can feel somewhat overwhelming. Thousands of individuals move from abroad into New York City each year, as it is one of the most popular destinations in the world for work relocation. After all, ‘if you can make it there, you can make it anywhere’.
If in addition to looking after yourself during a move you also have to consider a pet, or pets, it becomes even more complicated. While the City is pet-friendly, there are some things to take into consideration before packing Fido or Fluffy in a box and setting forth on a grand new adventure. While your larger personal possessions can be placed in convenient Bronx storage while you unpack, the same can’t be said for your pets.
- The first step in moving, especially when considering an overseas move, is to think of your pet’s well being. Does your dog have a nervous disposition? Is your cat easily upset by change? If so, it might be kinder to allow a trusted friend or relative to keep your pet.
Preparing for the move
- If you’re sure moving your pet with you is the right choice, the next step is research, and a lot of it. It’s important to be certain before the day of the big move, that your pet will be suited to the new environment, that you will be able to obtain good veterinary care and that there are other facilities for your pet like a dog park or a fenced yard.
- Preparing your pet for the move can take up to six months depending on the destination. Moving to the US, for example, requires that a dog has a series of vaccinations against rabies. Entering the country without those vital shots means a lengthy (and expensive!) quarantine period.
- Even if your pet is healthy and is up-to-date on vaccinations, it’s important to make a visit to the vet a few weeks before the move – both to be certain your pet is healthy enough for the move, and to provide the airline with a recent clean bill of health.
- It’s important to be certain your pet has proper identification as well. Your pet should also have a microchip, and a sturdy collar or harness with ID tags firmly attached with full contact information.
- Make several copies of your documents and records in case the airline or customs authorities need a copy, and to guard against loss. There’s nothing worse than running into expensive headaches because you’ve misplaced a crucial piece of paper.
- While you’re gathering the paperwork, be sure to take several clear photos of your pet in case the animal does get lost.
- As the actual moving day draws closer, you’ll need to familiarize your pet with the carrier they’ll be traveling in. Be sure to check with the airline about the size and type of carrier required. If you must rent a carrier, get it a few days in advance, and allow your pet to become familiar with it.
- If possible, carry your smaller pet into the airplane with you. Some airlines allow owners to bring their small pets as carry-on luggage. Check this with the airline, as they all seem to have different rules.
- Finally, relax. Chances are if you’re relaxed, your pet will be, too, and he or she will adjust to the changes more readily.