Moving to a new house or transferring to another place may be inevitable at times. And since your pet is already considered a member of your family, it is just natural to bring them along. Of course you would not have painstakingly taken care of it just to leave it behind. After all it is not easy to find the perfect pet for your kids. Here are some guidelines on how to safely move your beloved pets.
Devise a Plan Ahead
Planning in advance on how to go about the move will make it less stressful for both you and the pet. Gradually pack your pets belongings and as much as possible maintain the daily routine your pet is used to.
Purchase a Safe Carrier
In moving your pets, be sure to keep them safe by purchasing the appropriate carriers for them. Prepare the carrier ahead of time even before a few days of the day when you will be moving. This will help the pet get accustomed to the carrier by letting it stay there for some time each day. Once the pet will a get the feel of it, fussing or being ballistic on the day of the move will be avoided. For pets that are especially in need of sturdy carriers such as dogs and cats, make sure that it will not be too confining for them.
Buy a New ID or Tag for Your Pet
Upon knowing your new address, have a new pet ID or tag wherein your new address is indicated including your contact numbers. If this is not possible for such short time, be sure to obtain a distinct form of pet identification like a collar with imprinted information on it. A band may also be attached to the collar just make sure it does not dangle like a traditional tag. An updated tag will help you find your pet in case it will be lost during the move. A recent photo of your pet will also be helpful in case it will be lost.
Secure Your Pet
On the day of the move, place your pet in its carrier safely or if this is not available keep it inside a safe and confined place such as a bathroom to prevent it from escaping. Be sure to put a large sign outside the door and inform the movers about this.
Ensure a Safe Car Trip
If you will be travelling by your car, it will be necessary to restrain your pet. Never place an animal inside your car’s trunk. There won’t be enough ventilation for them which might result to their death. Check on them from time to time and never leave on their own during stop over. Weather changes are quite unpredictable and leaving your pet alone in the parking lot when a change in temperature occurs might be detrimental to their health. Also, a pet left on its own will be most vulnerable to other people harming or stealing them.
Consult Your Veterinarian
Schedule a consultation with your veterinarian prior to your move. With a professional advice, you will be well guided in going about the move and you could also be offered choices on medication or behavior modification that would make it less stressful for you and your pet. You may also need to procure additional vaccinations and obtain your pet’s health certificates depending on the destination.
Set Up Their New Home
Be sure to take with you all the necessary belongings of your pets and other things that are familiar to them to make it easier for your perfect pet to adapt.