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Moving Pets To Your New Home

When moving pets,as a pet owner, deciding if taking your pet along with you when moving or hiring a company to move your beloved “friend” is sometimes a very emotional issue. Just as moving can be a stressful time for you and your family, so is it difficult for pets as well. It is therefore very important for you to make certain efforts to ensure that moving day is as safe as possible with as little stress as can be managed for your pet.

Generally speaking, pets do not like to change homes, and it will take some time for a full adjustment to be made. Of course, the first thing you do should be to ensure that your new home does indeed allow pets. Some rental communities have restrictions regarding animals, so you need to make certain that your pet will be welcome.

                                        Safety First

Visit the veterinarian before your moving day to make sure that your pet is healthy and has all of the medications, immunization shots, and other essentials to health before you go. Though you should already have checked to find a new veterinarian near your new home, you’ll want to make sure that you’ve done things in advance so you won’t run out of necessary drugs and vaccinations don’t expire. 

This is doubly important if your pet will be staying in boarding facilities. Though not always the ideal solution, many pet owners find that boarding their pets is the easiest on both themselves and the animals on moving day because it keeps them out of the way, stops them from escaping when the door is open all day long for the movers, and keeps them safe from injury.

If you will not be boarding your pet, choose a room in which your pet can be kept, and ensure that the movers know that the chosen room is not to be disturbed throughout the length of the move. Make sure that while in the room, your pet has access to fresh air, fresh water, food, and any toys that can keep him or her occupied throughout the moving time.

Unless your pet will be staying elsewhere on moving day, make your pet the very last thing that you move. Though smaller animals, such as rodents and birds, can stay in their cages, larger animals such as dogs or cats should not be put into their pet carriers until the last possible moment. Don’t forget to encourage your pet to eliminate before putting him or her into the carrier.

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