Moving to a new place can be hard on four-legged family members. JK has compiled some simple, easy steps you can take to make sure you don’t dog your pets during your move.
- Update your pet’s identification. Get new tags complete with your new address, phone number, and cell phone number. Make sure the collar you use is sturdy. Call your local SPCA, or visit www.terrificpets.com
- Talk to your vet. Your pet’s veterinarian may be able to give you recommendations on vets in your new area. Be sure to get copies of your pet’s records, which can be forwarded or faxed to your pet’s new vet. Talk to your new vet about any additional vaccines or health certificates you may need based on your destination. Keep the new vet’s number handy in case of an emergency.
- Keep medications and food with you. One week’s worth of food and medication should cover you in case of emergency. You might want to have your old vet write a prescription for any necessary medication, as well.
- Keep your pet away from the move area. Moving day is completely chaotic. If possible, send your pet to a friend’s house or a kennel the day of the move. If your pet is small, place him or her in a comfortable, well-ventilated room in your house, away from all the chaos.
- Enjoy a safe journey. If you are traveling by car, keep cats and dogs in their crates, where they are safe. If you are traveling by airplane, check with the airline about any pet requirements or restrictions. Depending on the size of your pet, some airlines will let you keep your pet in the cabin with you. If traveling is stressful for your pet, ask your vet for medications that might make the trip less stressful.
- Prep your new home. Pets may most certainly be frightened or confused in their new surroundings. Upon your arrival at your new home, set out the things that your pet knows. Old toys, food, blankets, and crates are key. To be safe, introduce new neighbors to your pet or show neighbors a picture of your pet. Should your pet get out or get lost, neighbors can contact you if they find your pet.
- Discover your new surroundings. If you have a dog, take extra long walks around the neighborhood, or bring him or her to a nearby doggie park. The sooner your pet gets used to his or her new surroundings; the sooner your pet will feel right at home.