Relocating can be a very stressful time. While you're making arrangements for work, transportation, the kids, school, and all of the other essentials, it's very important to add your pets to the list of things to properly prepare for.
Many Miami moving companies do not provide pet-moving services so if you're in need of assistance, ask the experts at Solomon & Sons Relocation for suggestions.
Whether you plan on a local move with your pets, or even a long distance move, here are some important tips to help the transition be a less stressful one for your furry family members.
Dogs are very sensitive to the moods of their owners so the best thing you can do for them is to keep calm and positive. Beyond that, ensure that you:
- Have plenty of water available for them for the trip.
- Have their vaccinations and appropriate paperwork updated and available.
- Be sure their microchip and/or license and tags are in tact and up-to-date.
- Put them in a crate that is adequate for their size. A general rule according to PetTravel.com is that an animal crate "must be large enough for your pet(s) to stand, turn around, and lie down comfortably" to be approved for airline travel.
- Provide comfort by giving them a familiar toy or other item with your home scent on it. Dog's senses of smell are 10,000 to 100,000 times more acute than humans so having something familiar can keep them comfortable when they're traveling.
- If your dog has any medical conditions, be sure you have any necessary supplies or medications handy in case of an emergency.
While our feline friends are more aloof and independent, they can become anxious and frightened just as much as their canine counterparts but like our dogs, cats, too, pick up on our moods so first and foremost, remain calm.
- Prior to moving, set aside an area in a separate room where their things (food dish, litter pan, water bowl, toys, bed, and moving crate) are all together.
- Ensure everyone knows - including movers - there is a cat in the room and to keep the door closed.
- Cats do not enjoy car rides the way dogs do. It can help if you keep their crate below window level so they don't experience the stimulation of moving in a vehicle. It can also be useful to use a heavy blanket or towel to hide the activity and give your kitty a little extra comfort.
- As with dogs, be sure their vaccinations, microchips, licenses, tags, and paperwork are all up-to-date and readily available.
- When you reach your destination, don't immediately take your cat out of her crate. Let her view her new home from the safety of her crate before letting her venture out and explore.
Depending on what type of reptile you have, some basic guidelines can help prevent emergencies and loss.
- Get a veterinarian checkup to ensure your pet is healthy and ready for a move.
- Have an appropriate box prepared. Whether store-purchased or DIY, it should provide plenty of air holes and be clearly marked as fragile and containing live cargo.
- Be sure to double-pack (use two boxes) or lock the crates of any poisonous reptiles and clearly indicate on the box.
- Be sure the laws in your new neighborhood allow the type of reptile you are bringing.
- Prior to moving, let your reptile get acquainted with the moving container by giving them some time in it each day.
Fish can be particularly susceptible to stress so it's important to prepare for a move that will be as gentle for them as possible.
- Make sure your aquarium is the last thing to go. The less time your fish have to stay in alternate quarters, the better.
- If you can, pre-prepare the location for your fish tank in your new home.
- Don't feed your fish for at least 24 hours prior to moving.
- If you are concerned about their survival, see if a local pet store can board them for you while you get everything else moved and established.
If you have any questions regarding household move with your pets or any other relocation needs, contact Solomon & Sons Relocation today. In addition, get a free estimate by submitting a quote or giving us a call today!