Moving house is a chaotic and stressful affair. If you have pets, the experience can be especially traumatic for them when they see their home invaded by the movers and everything familiar uprooted.
When you add to that the travails of traveling long-distance, it is natural for pets to be upset and even fall ill. Some tips for pet owners to take the best care of them when moving house:
Check Laws and Regulations
Your new state, city, or residential complex may have laws and regulations relating to pet ownership. These can influence the details of the move or its timing. Depending on the type of animal, you may be required to comply with additional requirements like paperwork or quarantine.
There may even be restrictions on your bringing a pet into the state. It is advisable to check all rules and regulations by visiting the website of the state’s Department of Agriculture before you initiate the move and check with your realtor or landlord regarding rules specific to your residence.
Choose a Suitable Moving Company
Typically moving companies are not well-equipped to handle pets, and many trucking companies do not allow animals in the cab and will not carry them along with your goods. You can always use a specialized pet relocation available with the better loving companies like Dearman Moving & Storage.
If you are moving within the country and driving to your destination, it is better to let your pet accompany you in the car since they will remain calmer and you can look after them better.
Consult Your Vet
Make it a point to take your pet to the vet for a general checkup and inform him of your impending move so that he can advise you of things to take care of.
Get up to date with the vaccinations and ensure that the documentation is current because you may need to produce them at the new place. Discuss any concerns you may have regarding your pet’s welfare during and after the move.
Pack for the Move
Make a list of all the things your pet requires for its normal upkeep as well as the move. Typically, you will need to include a leash or a crate, bedding, bowls, water, food, and arrangements for picking up and disposing of waste.
Forbes recommends keeping essential medication and food at hand. If it is a long movie, you must take the trouble of finding pet-friendly hotels. You must not leave your pet in the car when you take breaks for food or to go to the toilet because it is unsafe and could be illegal in some states.
Remember to make them wear an identification tag and always keep them on a leash when you open the car door or take them out for a break.
Make it’s a point to keep your pet comfortable during the drive and secure them with a harness on the back seat. Ensure adequate ventilation and do not pack too many belongings around them to give them enough room to move around. Stop frequently for water and bathroom breaks and a chance to stretch themselves.