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Moving? Plan Ahead for Your Pet’s Welfare
Planning a move is certainly stressful, and that goes for your pets, too.
Days of confusion as your home is packed up are followed by the move itself, ending in unfamiliar surroundings at the new home. It’s no wonder if your dog or cat is freaked out by the whole experience. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals advises pet owners to think about their animals’ needs far ahead of the move — starting with your first visits to prospective new communities. Walk around the neighborhood to determine whether it’s safe for your pets, and look out for neighborhood dogs that seem aggressive or are left unattended. Bring moving boxes into your home before you begin to pack, so cats and dogs will be familiar with them. If you will be traveling by car, the Animal Humane Society recommends that you get your pet accustomed to the ride. Take short trips at first, then gradually increase the time. If your pet doesn’t seem comfortable, your veterinarian may be able to offer suggestions. If you are transporting your pet by plane, give yourself ample time to research airline regulations. On moving day, keep your pets in a quiet room with the door shut and a sign warning “Do Not Disturb! Pets Inside.” The last thing you need on such a hectic day is a skittish cat or dog bolting for an open door. Make sure your pets are fitted with collars and identification tags with your name and current phone number. Having microchips implanted in your pets is recommended. Keep any pet documents in a safe and accessible place. with an identification tag that is labeled with your current contact information. If you will need a new veterinarian after the move, ask your current one for a copy of your pet’s vaccinations and medical history. Don’t wait until the last minute to ask your veterinarian for any medications or special food, especially if a pet is prone to car sickness. Pack a bag for your pets, including bedding, towels, toys, treats, food, water, bowls, leashes, and harnesses. Click here to read more (Photo: Flickr/Sally)