Posted by: terryorealtor | January 9, 2008

Moving with Pets!

MOVING WITH PETSmitzi.jpgEnsuring the safety and comfort of our pets in the moving process is a must.     

Short moves do not create as much as a dilemma as long moves but there are always things to watch out for.

Crosstown moving: Dogs                              winston-003_edited-1.jpg

1-If possible, take pet over to new place a few times to do the routine sniffing and steaking out of territory.

2-Ensure yard is secured or have a crate for your pet while moving items in and out.

3-Most dogs are excited just to be with their owners, others are more sensitive to stress. Signs could be snapping, loss of appetite,depression, aggression, excessive barking, etc

It is best until the moving activity has quieted down to keep your pet isolated in a safe room or area. Put your personal items such as shirts, socks etc in the crate or confined area as well as their favorite toys. That puts your smell right there with them. Make sure they have plenty of fresh water and food.

It is not uncommon for pets to take 30-90 days to acclimate to new settings. Be patient. Routine walks and play time with them will help greatly.

4-Put the radio on so they have music or the TV.

5-Make it a point to go in and reassure them from time to time or take them out for a quick walk to relieve themselves.

Cross Country By Air

If you fly a pet across country please check the references for any airline you use. Make sure the carrier you use has been approved for flying and that you place plenty of drinking water for them. Some pets do ok others have an extremely hard time. Not all airlines are as attentive as they should be to pets.

Driving cross country with your Pets

1-Don’t feed them before you leave. Have water available but wait until your days travel is done before feeding. Some dogs get carsick and throw up.

2-Have the pets medical history with you in case of emergency.

3-Make sure they are up to date on their shots.

4-Check particulars about the state you are entering. Some want additional inoculations as well as counties and cities have their rules about licensing.

5-Make it a point to stop every hour or so to allow pets to relieve themselves and refresh the driver.

6-Have pets secured either by seatbelt especially made for pets or in a crate.

7-NEVER leave a pet in an unattended car with windows rolled up in hot weather. Pets can die from heat exhaustion just as humans.

8-Carry extra leashes.

9-Microchip your pet if you have not done so already. Things happen. Sometimes dogs escape and are not found before you have to leave. By ID’ing will give them a chance if caught and turned into a shelter.

Cats have their own issues and I learned the hard way.

1-If your cat is not used to a car. Start taking them on short trips .

Start this weeks before your actual move. This way they will get accustomed to the car and not freak out, hopefully.

2-Sedatives, this is where I screwed up. I was told they would work well. They had the opposite effect on my cats.

You just need to check with your veterinarian for recommendations.

There are homeopathic or all natural herbs you can give both cats and dogs that seem to help keep them calm during changes.

With cats you make a small litter box to fit in their crate.

Cats may take longer to acclimate. One of my cats adjusted right away. The other hid for weeks, only to come out at nite to eat and then hide again.

Finally when he realized he was safe he went back to his normal self.



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