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7 Tips For Moving With Pets...
Moving can be very stressful not just for you and your family, but equally for your pets. Hence, let’s take a look at seven things to put into consideration while moving that can help your 4-legged friends make that transition.
1. Consult Your Veterinary Doctor
The first thing to do when you decide you’re moving is to call the doctor. The vet can help you with a worthwhile and priceless piece of advice since he is far more experienced than you are when it comes to pets. Your vet can also provide you with tips on how to provide for your pets whether you are moving by road or by air, and he can even give you some medications for your pets.
If you’re traveling by road, it is always good to remember that cats are human like and it would be inhumane to leave them locked up in the car under the hot sun.
2. Move Them With A Pet Carrier
Another thing that must be done when moving your pets is purchasing a carrier. It’s better if you buy one of these carriers that have a water resistant base and padded side panels so that it could be easy for quick removals and cleanups during the trip.
3. Keep Familiar Toys Or Beddings Around Them
Make sure that you get a carrier that is not too small for your pet and has enough space to accommodate their best toys so that they can play with those and feel comfortable while moving.
4. Pack Enough Drinks And Snacks
Drinks and snacks are not only essential for you but also for your pets. You should pack enough food and drinks to last for at least a week, just in case you are unable to get to the pet store immediately you arrive.
It is mandatory to feed your pets with some food and water at least 5 hours before departure and another round 2 hours after departure. You should also remember to administer the medications that the vet recommended at this point.
5. Make Use Of Tags And Stickers
Making use of labels and stickers cannot be over emphasized. Stickers with the words “live animal inside” should be posted on the top and sides of the pet carrier; this way anyone handling or seeing it will be careful with it and will take care not to hurt your pet. You should also have tags on the carrier showing the pet’s name, destination address with your contact information clearly displayed.
6. Never Move A Sick Pet
If you notice that your pet is sick while you plan on moving, it is best advised that you do not move your pet at all! Moving might aggravate the symptoms and might even lead to death due to the excessive strain.
7. Keep Them Safe
When you get to your final destination, do not let your pets out just yet. They may freak out and become erratic simply because they are at a new place which they are not familiar with. Keep them in their carrier for a while, taking them around and speaking to them in a calm voice so they can sense that it’s safe wherever you are before you let them out.
It’s quite typical for most pets to get attached to places and they hate to move so if you do not do this, your pet might get scared and run off, never to return again.
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