Moving Your Best Friend- A Guide to Moving Your Pet
Before moving – Chose your new home with your pet in mind
You may think that packing your animal and having to drive it for hours at a time is a nightmare, but you have probably just scraped the surface a little, there are a lot of things to consider and have in mind when moving with your best friend, some of them even before the move. When you are looking for your new home and neighborhood, make sure that you have your pet in mind, look for places here you are going to be able to walk it, and where it will be able to run around freely and maybe even make a couple of new friends. Then after you have chosen one, make sure that it is appropriate for your cat or dog or a rabbit (whatever you have, we don’t judge). You also have to consider some of the things like the stairs if you have an old dog, because it will be tiring for it to climb them and go down, as you probably already know, dogs are not as mobile in their old days as they were in their youth.
Now that you have chosen a place, it’s important to start packing in advance. It is always good to start packing on time, and even before, so that you can be sure that you have packed everything in the best way possible. But you are forgetting about one thing- your pet! Yes, pets don’t like packing too, and they can get pretty stressed out during your packing time, so make sure that you do everything gradually, little by little, before the day of your actual move. And as a back-up, if you see your animal is acting strange, always have a safe place for them to go to during all the packing chaos.
You should find a vet close to your new home BEFORE the day of your move. If you want to make sure that you have chosen the best one, go and visit them right after you move, and if you are not satisfied, you can change your vet, but it is important to always have someone you can call in case of an emergency. In all the packing and moving chaos that will be the last thing that you want to forget, so instead of overburdening your mind with all the necessary things to do after you arrive, just to it before the move, and you are good to go. Make sure that you have properly updated your pet’s microchip and the ID carts, sometimes during the packing chaos pets will want to escape, so you’ll want to make sure that you have everything it takes in that case. Also, have a new ID tag for your pet for after you arrive, with your new home address and phone number on it. Give all your pet’s current and previous record to the new vet (you should ask your old vet for the records a couple of days before the day of your move, and make sure that he/she confirms that your pet is in good condition to travel)
Moving day- What now?
Make sure that you have packed all the necessary items for your pet like their favorite treats and toys, a first aid kit and all the medication you would need in case your pet got sick (before you get to the vet), water to avoid dehydration, food, an empty box with a couple of toys and a blanket would be an okay place if your animal wanted to take a nap, you can even bring a portable litter box (cats can go without a litter box approximately from six to eight hours). You can ask a friend to take care of your pet during moving day, until you are all packed and ready to go, and just take it with you. Give yourself some room to think and process the whole thing because moving is a pretty big deal.
What should be in your first aid kit: A thermometer, gauze pads and rolls, a cloth roll, tweezers, cotton swabs, antibiotic ointment, bandages, plastic gloves, scissors, mild pet sedatives and cold bottled water.
Well, first of all, make sure that you call the airline beforehand and talk to them about their pet policies. Your pet (as required by the airlines) must be at least 8 weeks old before travelling (fully weaned as well). Only pets in good health and behavior are allowed on the plane, so have a confirmation from your vet that your pet is okay to travel, you should also bring copies of your pet’s current medical records and vaccination records with you. Call the airline as soon as possible to reserve a place for your pet and call again to confirm within the last 36 hours before your take-off.