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As you prepare for your move, you should plan on preliminary preparation for your pet so they too can be well prepared. There are many things you can to do make the move less stressful for your pet. This guide will help make your pet's transition into a new home much easier.

Get the Facts

  • Once you've made the decision to move to a new home, you will need to do some research. Certain localities may have stringent requirements or restrictions regarding pet ownership. You may need permits or registrations.
  • Don't forget to schedule an appointment with your veterinarian. Your pet should have a check-up before moving. Be sure to attain your pet's veterinary records so that they can be forwarded to your new veterinarian.

A Short Move

  • For local moves, it probably makes the most sense to transport your pet in the car with you on moving day.
  • Remember to make sure that your pet is safe. Keep your pet in an unused room, or perhaps even outside. And of course, as always, your pet should have plenty of fresh water, and enough toys to occupy their time.
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Moving Pets by Car
  • Many dogs and cats may find car travel extremely distressing. Some may even get car sick. You will have to be ready to make many stops along the way. Several small pets (such as birds, guinea pigs, birds, etc.) can be easily transported via automobile. A good, simple way of keeping them calm and quiet is to cover their cage with a cloth.
  • Long distance moves may required an overnight stop. Remember to call hotels in advance to make sure that they will allow your pet to stay in the hotel.

Moving Fish

  • It's wise to visit your local Aquarium or Pet Shop and ask for special fish containers to safely transport your fish. They should be able to offer suggestions on what's best for different types of fish.

Creating A Pet Pack

If you're moving your pet by car, there are several things you should plan on taking with you on moving day:

  • An old bed sheet or blanket will protect your car upholstery.
  • A favorite toy or two, and an old T-shirt or rag with your scent on it.
  • Two plastic containers - one should have fresh water, the other should have food and treats.
  • Medications that your pet may need.
  • A leash for when you make rest stops with your pet.
  • Even if your pet doesn't typically get car sick, it is better to be safe than sorry…bring paper towels, a sponge, and plenty of plastic bags.

Pet Transport

Depending on the temperament and size of your pet, as well as the distance you're moving, it may be make sense to enlist the help of a pet transporter. Reputable pet transporters can organize every aspect of moving your pet from beginning to end. Services provided may include the following:

  • Sensible advice on preparing your pet for the trip
  • Specific details about requirements or restrictions on pet ownership in your new locality
  • Collecting your pet at the airport
  • Boarding your pet until you arrive
  • Delivery of your pet to your new home.

If you will be transporting your dog or cat by air, you must have the following details in order:

  • A recent health certificate provided by your veterinarian
  • A pet carrier that complies with airline regulations
  • Don't forget to confirm rules and regulations with your pet transporter so that you can purchase any pet products that may be needed.
    Trip Tips
  • Always take your dog for a long walk before the trip.
  • Remember to advise your pet transporter of any specific requirements for your pet.
  • You should keep your cat indoors for at least 24 hours at your new home.
  • Never feed your pet too much before the trip.
  • Unless it is absolutely necessary, it is best not to sedate your pet.

Other Bits and Pieces to Consider

  • If your new home will be rented, prepare a pet resume for prospective landlords. Your vet may agree to write a referral letter.
  • Always remember to get a new pet ID tag with your new address and contact phone numbers.
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