Moving can be a stressful experience for both humans and their pets. If you are intending to make a move to another town, city or even another state, there are a number of helpful tips that you might want to take under consideration to make the experience easier for your furry friends and relieve your own anxiety about their relocation.
One good tip if you are moving with a canine is to avoid flying. It is a much better idea to drive to wherever it is that you are relocating to so that you will be able to make periodic stops and allow your dog to go for a walk. Your pet will also be less stressed by having you close during the trip. On the other hand, if you have no choice but to travel by plane, there are still some things you can do to make sure that you both have a smooth trip.
If you absolutely have to fly, you must choose an airline that is friendly to pets. There are a number of airlines that provide climate-controlled cargo areas for pets. This is important, as some areas on the airplane can become very cold or extremely hot during the flight. There are even a few airlines that may allow very small pets to travel in the cabin with their owners, while others have kennel facilities for holding pets during layovers at their hub airports, where they could be fed, given water and checked on. Inquire with your airline for more information before your move.
It is very important to make certain that your pet has good identification before relocation. Your pet should have a collar that gives their name and your contact information in addition to information about vaccinations. The travel kennel of your pet should contain the same information. Tape a photograph of your animal to the side of the kennel and invest in a microchip that can identify them just in case they prove to be an escape artist.
Another good tip is to pack some food for your pet; you might even want to tape a little bag of food to the side of the travel kennel so that the airline personnel will be able to feed your pet in the event of a delay. It is not a good idea to sedate your pet for the duration of the trip. A lot of airlines will not allow this practice anymore, and many veterinarians say that a pet’s respiration can be depressed by the sedative and make it harder for them to breathe. Ensure that the travel kennel you get for your pet is big enough for them to stand up and turn around in, and make sure that they have time to become accustomed to it before the actual trip. Visit your veterinarian and catch up on vaccinations prior to the move.