How to Relocate With Pets

Moving can be a difficult process; but when you throw pets and children in the mix things can get much harder. You not only have to worry about getting yourself packed, loaded, and settled in, but you also have to make sure your pets are ready for the move as well. Pets are typically considered part of the family; and for this reason it is important to make your pet is as comfortable for the move as possible. This article will inform you on the process of how to relocate with pets; because moving is hard enough, so why not utilize all the help you can get?

Visit Your Veterinarian

The first order of business is to schedule a check up for your pet or pets. You want to make sure that they are in good enough health to travel before you start moving. During this time you can also ask your veterinarian for references in your new town; so if your pet gets sick you know they will be in good hands. Paying the vet a visit is crucial before you move your pet.

You should also take it upon yourself to find out what types of immunizations and shots may be required. For instance if you are relocating to Hawaii with your pets, they will be required to get certain vaccines, rabies shots, and are required to stay in quarantine for up to 120 days. Find this information out ahead of time so that your pet is prepared in time for move out day.

Preparing Your Pet for Travel

In order to successfully relocate with pets, you are going to need to prepare them for the travels ahead. Depending on how far you are relocating will determine the mode of transportation your pet takes. If you are moving to a nearby city, or even across the country; you may drive your own vehicle with your pet accompanying you. If you are relocating to another country, or have decided to fly to your destination, your pet may be traveling by air. No matter the method of travel, you should still prepare your pets for the journey.

If your beloved pet is going to be in a crate for any amount of time you should crate train them. Make sure to train them well in advance before moving. This will ensure that your pet is as comfortable as possible during their trip, and that you feel at ease leaving them in a crate for any period of time. If your pet will travel by air, sea, or long distance, chances are they will be required to stay in a crate. It is better to be prepared rather than have your pet in any discomfort.

Speaking of crates; if you are traveling long distance with your pet it is a good idea to invest in one. Ask your veterinarian for suggestions on crate sizes and accommodations. You can purchase crates at pet stores and on the internet, but if you want specific recommendations ask a professional or your veterinarian.

Arranging a Sitter  

Sometimes you just need to hire a pet sitter. Whether it is because you fell behind on getting your pet the right shots, or you need to visit your new home prior to moving in; no matter the reason, a pet sitter may be necessary. If you are moving with pets keep in mind that there may be a time when you need a sitter. Make a pet sitter part of your moving plan; you never know when this will come in handy.

If you wait until the last minute, frantically calling up everybody that you know, there is a chance no one will be available to watch your pet. You do not want to be in this situation, so I suggest that you make a list of possible sitters well ahead of time and call them in advance. Make sure that if you need their help they are available, and always have a back up. This way you are covered and can leave your pet with a sitter you trust.

Relocating with pets can be stressful, but make it easier with the information provided in this article.


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