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Moving Your Pets

Moving your pets safely to your new home requires planning and preparation.

If you take time to learn about how to move your pet, you will be able to make the move much less stressful for it.

Keep your pet confined to a quiet room on moving day and display a sign that says "Do Not Enter" prominently on the door. Inform family members, friends, and packers about this. You can also consider leaving your pet with a pet sitter or in a pet kennel. Talk to your vet about the need for health certificates, rabies shots, and other shots that may be required in the area where you will be living.

Attach rabies and identification tags securely to your pet's collar. You can take your pet with you if you are planning to drive to the destination in your own car. This may be the safest option because pets are not allowed by Greyhound and Amtrak. Use a restraining harness while moving your dog and use a well ventilated pet carrier while moving your cat in a car.

If you are moving your pet in a pet carrier, buy it well before moving day, and allow your pet to get used to it over a period of time. Never leave a pet alone in a locked car. The temperature can go up quickly and this can injure or kill the animal. Don't transport your pet in the back of a pickup truck. If your pet is easily upset while traveling in a car, ask your vet to prescribe medication that will reduce its stress level. Find out about hotels on your route that will permit you to keep your pet with you. You can also consider flying your pets to the destination, though this is best avoided. Airlines usually transport pets in baggage holds that may have little or no heating, ventilation, and oxygen.

This can put the lives of pets at risk. Find out about the facilities offered by different airlines for pet air travel. You can also ask a pet transportation service to move your pets. Professional care can help to ensure that your pets will be safe during the move. Take all the things that your pet is familiar with, like its bed and food / water bowls, to make it feel safe and secure in your new home. Confine your cat and keep your dog on a leash for some time after moving into our new home. This will give them time to get used to the new surroundings.

Keep a photo of your pet handy just in case it gets lost. Please fill out the form provided here to get free quotes from professional pet shippers in your area. We will not disclose your contact information to anyone without your permission. This is a free offer and there are no obligations involved at all.

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