The last time we moved our dog became extremely anxious, what can we do to prevent this?
This is a great question this time of year, as many people are moving now, so they can get settled and kids enrolled before school starts. It is also wise to be prepared.
During packing, you should try to maintain your pet’s routine schedule. This means sleeping in the same place, eating at the same times, going outside on schedule, usual routine for exercise, clean litter box, etc..
On moving day, make sure your pet is secured either on a leash, in a room, or in a carrier. There are many stories of pets getting confused and escaping in all of the commotions.
When in transit, it helps to have your pet in a carrier in the back seat. Make sure you have collars, leashes, bowls, litter box, food and water for the trip. Never leave your pet in an unattended car in the summer or anytime it is hot weather. Even with the windows cracked open it is dangerous. If you are flying, make sure you have complied with all of the airline’s rules for flying with your pet, as all airlines have different regulations.
Upon arrival at your new home, set up your pet’s belongings ASAP. They need to know where the food and water is, and how to go outside, or to the litter box. Also, observe them until they become familiar with their new surroundings. Have pictures available in case of an escape. While getting to know your neighbors, ask them for a referral to a new veterinarian. Before your first appointment, have your previous veterinarian transfer your records to your new veterinarian.
In advance, you should get a new ID tag. If your pet is microchipped, you will need to change your address with the company. You may need to visit your current veterinarian to update vaccines and refill any medications. If your pet does not travel well, you may get a prescription for medication to help with the trip. If a health certificate is required, you can get it at this veterinary visit. Also, pet-friendly hotels should be researched before you leave.
If you are moving to Springboro, you are going to love it here, and let us be the first to welcome you. If you are leaving Springboro, we will miss you, and know that you are always welcome back home.
We are being relocated, and we have to fly our pet to our new location. I am scared to death that something will happen to my dog. What can I do?
The friendly skies indeed haven’t been friendly to our pets or their owners, lately have they? I think the emotional support peacock might have been the last straw, But the reality is, most trips are uneventful as long as the airline and the pet owner follow the guidelines I mentioned in the question above with a few additional tips listed below.
• Your pet should be comfortable in whatever airline crate or carrier you will use for the trip. Begin crate training early.
• A couple of dry runs to the airport would be helpful so it would not be so strange to them.
• Review each airlines pet policy, some airlines are better than others. Here are few airlines that do not take pets :
• Book direct flights whenever possible.
• Get them use to loud noises early. Play the sound of airplanes taking off. Desensitize them to the crowd, airport, and aircraft sounds as soon as you can.
• Make sure your dog is well exercised before the flight to burn off excess energy.
• Make sure they are hydrated especially if the trip is long but not too hydrated that they can’t hold their bladder.
• And finally, your dog usually comes off the plane last. If you don’t know that, it can feel pretty scary as you wait to be reunited.
All in all travel for your pet if well planned should go smoothly.
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