MOVING PETS

Pets are much treasured and considered to be one of the integral members of the family nowadays. If a family decides to move a home, this means that each and every family member is expected to move along which includes the pets. The act of transferring from one place to another can be both exciting and scary for most individuals. Exciting in a sense that they will encounter new settings and environments and scary for the reason that if they can adapt on these changes. However, as for their pets, may it be a dog, cat or bird, the only thing that they would feel is fear. Fear is the fundamental reaction of animals when they are in an entirely different place which is often filled with strange smells and unfamiliar sounds. The process of moving requires moving cars for long hours and long distance drives which can be very traumatic for animals. All pets require special attention from their caretakers and considerations when moving is the most important thing to do. Since these situations can be very stressful to animals, guidelines are made by experts in order to avoid this situation to happen and as well as to minimize terror.

The first guideline that owners should consider upon moving to another place is the need to research for the laws and requirements of their new home.Since not all cities have the same laws and others may require different things, owners must inquire about the need to apply for certain permits or special insurance in order to keep the pet in that area. It is also important to verify what shots and vaccines are needed before bringing the pet to the new environment. It is of importance that before moving, pets must visit their veterinarians in order to conduct a general check up so that owners can make sure that their pet’s health is stable and necessary vaccinations needed are given. They can also ask the veterinarian to arrange their pet’s records to be sent to the new veterinarian. Since car travel is the most common means of transportation, the feeling of security should be the number one priority. Although some pets love to ride in cars, other animals becomes stressed and bothered. When the day of moving comes, making them feel at ease is the minimum owners can do for them to make them feel safe such as placing them in a crate or pet carrier or covering their cages to help keep them calm. For long distance drives, extra time is needed for exercise and walks during rest stops. For some animals, specifically dogs, become disrupted if they stay in a car for a very long period of time. It is also important that if owners are planning to stay overnight in a hotel during the trip, they must inquire first with the hotel that they are bringing pets with them in order for them to know if pets are allowed in the establishment.  If it does, owners must also prepare extra cash for the additional fee for their pet.It is important that owner’s should be prepared on what to pack for their pet’s for them to feel comfortable and safe. Some of the important things include something to cover the car’s upholstery to keep the car clean, toys and bones to entertain the pets in order for them to feel more at home, leashes and

They can also ask the veterinarian to arrange their pet’s records to be sent to the new veterinarian. Since car travel is the most common means of transportation, the feeling of security should be the number one priority. Although some pets love to ride in cars, other animals becomes stressed and bothered. When the day of moving comes, making them feel at ease is the minimum owners can do for them to make them feel safe such as placing them in a crate or pet carrier or covering their cages to help keep them calm. For long distance drives, extra time is needed for exercise and walks during rest stops. For some animals, specifically dogs, become disrupted if they stay in a car for a very long period of time. It is also important that if owners are planning to stay overnight in a hotel during the trip, they must inquire first with the hotel that they are bringing pets with them in order for them to know if pets are allowed in the establishment.  If it does, owners must also prepare extra cash for the additional fee for their pet.It is important that owner’s should be prepared on what to pack for their pet’s for them to feel comfortable and safe. Some of the important things include something to cover the car’s upholstery to keep the car clean, toys and bones to entertain the pets in order for them to feel more at home, leashes and straining devices so that pets cannot roam anywhere during rest stops and cleaning supplies such as towels, sponges and a cleaning solution just in case the pet happens to get sick. Also, if the pet is sick and requires medications, it is important that owners must pack them in the car where the pet is for easy access.

If the owners are planning to move by air, owners must first check if the airlines allows pet to travel with them. If it does, owners must make sure to book the flight and inform them that their pets are travelling with them. It is also important to make special arrangements with the airlines regarding this matter for some airlines have a special program which allows the pet inside the cabin to travel along with their owners. However this program is on a first come first serve and case to case basis. Guidelines have shown that those who are allowed inside the cabin must be odorless, inoffensive, and must be kept in a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and International Airport Transport Association (IATA) approved container small enough to fit under the owner’s seat. As for those pets that are not accompanied by their owners or too large for cabins must travel in air freight. However, owners must make sure that their pets are properly handled with care in order for them to avoid stress. Make sure that connecting flights are minimized for it adds not only stress to your pets but as well as extra work and costs. Proper documents and recent photos of the pet are very vital during air travels and cages should have the pet’s name and note if it bites as well as labels like “fragile”, “live animal” and “this side up” should be written outside the container. Before the flight owners must make sure that their pets, specifically dogs, have light meals 5 to 6 hours before and water is given 2 hours before the flight except for very hot days.  Fish should not be fed 2 to 3 days before shipping.

Moving pets from one place to another can be a difficult task to commence, however, if proper planning is done, accomplishments can be made with a low level of stress involved. By following these certain guidelines, owners can assure that their pets can arrive to their new homes happily. New home means new environment which makes pets disoriented, that is why owners are advised to get new pet tags for their pets so that if they get lost, finders can contact them easily.