You think you are the only one that will be stressed by the move? Think again. Your pet will equally find it nerve-racking. But while you can take care of yourself and manage the process, the animal depends on you to help it. So here’s what to do.
Update the tag
It is important to ensure that the ID tag on your pet is updated with the new contact information. That includes your destination address, telephone and cell phone numbers. Should the dog get lost, this is how you can be reached immediately.
Get the records
If it is a long distance move that will mean having a new vet at your new destination, before moving, go to your current vet and request for your pet’s medical history, vaccinations, and other records. You should also keep handy your vet’s contact information, should there be need to reach the person afterwards.
Pack some essentials for your pet
Food, medication, and any other supplies your dog would need during the move should be packed and kept handy. This provision should also be made to cover for a few days after arrival (even up to a week).
Be prepared for an emergency
Get a first aid kit ready. Gauze, towels, adhesive tape, and hydrogen peroxide should be part of this kit. Also note where there are emergency hospitals along the route you will be taking (if you are driving). And keep your vet’s phone number handy.
Go with your pet
Do not pack your pet into a box, puncture some holes in it, and send it with the truck. It is better to travel with your pet in the car. You can use a crate or carrier, and make sure your pet is well ventilated and comfortable. And during the move, ensure it feeds on schedule.
It needs a little break, too
If you are driving, then remember that everyone is stressed by the long distance, including our pet. A brief stop on the way for a little fun would do.
And if flying…
If you will be traveling by air, it is important to check before time with the airline and know all the conditions attached to flying with the animal. Begin early, and make necessary arrangements. You may have to consult with your pet on the impact of the journey on the animal.
Some inquiries on your new destination
Even before moving, you can ask your current vet for recommendations for a new doctor in the area you are moving to. Make inquiries about vets and veterinary hospitals in the new area, and you can talk to other pet owners. Find out about any difference in laws in your new location, or particular health concerns common to the area.
Get it settled quickly
Your pet can get disoriented by the change in environment. It is necessary to get it settled as soon as possible. Find a comfortable place for it, surround it with its usual supplies (food, toys, etc.), and get it back to its routine.
Help it adapt
When setting up your pet, it will be helpful to put it around a similar area to where it used to be in the old house. Keep an eye on it, and reduce its chances of escaping and attempting to return to the old place. Give it enough attention and care, while helping it to safely get used to its new environment.
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