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Moving With Pets

Moving pets to new location is not an easy task, even if you move just few blocks away. The following will help prepare your pet for the move to their new home:

Don't forget to schedule an appointment with your veterinarian. Your pet should have a check-up before moving. Be sure to attain your pet's veterinary records so that they can be forwarded to your new veterinarian. Make sure you carry copies of the records with you during the move.

Travel Carrier
If you plan to move your pet, you may need to purchase a pet travel carrier for the trip. The carrier should be large enough for the pet to stand, turn around and lie down in. The carrier should have ample ventilation, a good bottom lining, and a secure door closing.

ID Tag
When moving your dog or cat make sure it is wearing an ID tag bearing its name, your name and new address, and a phone number to call in case of emergency.

If you plan to move your fish visit your local aquarium or pet shop and ask for special fish containers. They should be able to offer suggestions on how to transport different types of fish and other aquatic animals.

Restrictions on Pets
Certain localities may have strict requirements or restrictions regarding pet ownership. Once you've made the decision to move to a new home, you will need to do some research. Some communities have local regulations regarding number and types of pet's allowed, leash laws, etc., and you may need permits or registrations. Call the city or town hall and ask for the bureau of licenses.

Moving Day
Keep your pet calm and away from all the activity on moving day by arranging with a friend to watch him at their house. If you plan to keep you pet close to you prepare a room for your pet to stay at during the move. Clear a room of all furniture and other belongings and close your pet in with food, water and a favorite toy or two. Your pet still might not be happy, but you'll know where it is, and that it's safe.

Driving With Your Pet
If you move your pets by car your dog or cat may find car travel extremely distressing. Make sure to stop frequently to allow your pet to exercise and relieve itself. There are several things you should plan on taking with you on moving day:

·         An old bed sheet or blanket will protect your car upholstery.
·         A favorite toy or two, and an old T-shirt or rag with your scent on it.
·         Two plastic containers - one should have fresh water, the other should have food and treats.
·         Medications that your pet may need.
·         A leash for when you make rest stops with your pet.

Even if your pet doesn't typically get car sick, you should bring paper towels, a sponge, and plenty of plastic bags.

Cats should always be kept in a carrier during auto travel. Since cats don't usually adjust to auto travel the way dogs do, it might be a good idea to have your vet prescribe a mild tranquilizer.

Long distance moves may require an overnight stop. Remember to call hotels in advance to make sure that they will allow your pet to stay in the hotel.

If you move your pet by car, never leave him unattended in a parked car. This is especially true during the hot summer months, when the temperature in your car can rise to 120 degrees.

Small Pets
Smaller animals, such as hamsters and birds, can easily be transported by car with you. Make sure there is plenty of food and water and cover the cage with a cloth to keep them calm.

State Inspections
If moving your pet by car, be aware that some states conduct border inspections or random inspections by highway patrol officers. Just to be on the safe side, check the regulations of every state you plan to pass through.