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Moving with Pets

Moving with Pets

Soft, cuddly, scaly or hairy, from dogs and fish to spiders and lizards, they are part of the family and we love them. Whether you’re moving across the country or just to the other side of town, you’ll want to ensure that your pets are able to make as comfortable a transition as possible. We’ve outlined some helpful hints to get both you and Rover to your new abode, safe and sound.

Before you board the plane or hit the road

Do your best to maintain your pet’s regular routine right up until the moment you leave. If it is accustomed to a morning walk, make sure you take it. If it’s a bowl of their favorite food, make sure to serve it. And whether your travels are just a few hours or even several days, make sure to pack their regular food. A common mistake made by pet owners is to bring "special snacks" and treats as comfort food, but this often causes a disruption in diet and can lead to your pet’s nausea or diarrhea. The bottom line: go with what’s familiar and customary.

Pre-move considerations

  • Purchase a sturdy, comfortable transport carrier if needed.
  • If transporting by plane, try to book a direct flight.
  • Make sure that your pet’s medical records are up-to-date.
  • Bring copies of the records with you.

Planes, trains or automobiles?

In planning to relocate your pet, you’ll first need to pick a means of transportation. Whenever possible, the form of transportation that’s least likely to upset your loved one(s) is a car (or truck). In many cases it’s just not possible, especially if it involves an overnight stay (although today, many hotels accept pets as their guests). But for cross-country, overseas or extremely long driving distances, you may want to consider bringing your pet with you on your flight, or using an animal transport service.

Moving your pet by car

Cats should always be kept in a carrier during auto travel. With dogs, you have the option of using a restraining harness, available in most pet supply stores. Make sure to stop frequently to allow your pet to exercise and relieve itself (a good rule of thumb is to pull over every two hours). Cats can benefit from the use of a harness and a litter box on long trips. As always, never leave your pet unattended in a parked car (or in the cargo hold of a moving van). This is especially true during the hot summer months, when the temperature in your car can rise above 120 degrees.

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