Challenges To Expect When Moving Your Pets
So you’ve found yourself a new home and you are excited to move in. Although it might look like a short process, moving houses is never easy. You will have to make many decisions like choosing the right moving company and the services that you should pay for. If you are a pet owner, it’s easy to get lost in the preparation for the move and end up forgetting about your beloved animals. We forget that these pets are also facing challenges associated with the move.
Here are some challenges you should expect and how best to deal with them.
When your pet does something they are not used to doing or something that they don’t understand, they will tend to be nervous. For example, taking your dogs on an airplane for the first time will definitely make them nervous. Although they will eventually get used to it, you can make it easier for them by asking your vet to prescribe a mild sedative to keep them calm during the moving process.
If you are going to travel with your pet on the plane, they will have to spend a lot of time on a crate or in a pet carrier. If you are driving with them, they will still need to be restrained using seatbelts, nets or pet carriers that can be held by seatbelts. For active pets, this can be a bit of a problem. You might find that they don’t want to stay restrained. To handle this, you should try and make the pet get used to living in such conditions. If you will be using a pet carrier, place it near the feeding area and place the meal closer to it each day. After some time, place the food in the carrier so that your pet will have to get inside there.
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Your pet might get lost along the way
This is every pet owner’s nightmare, but it is a very likely occurrence when moving. To make sure that this doesn’t leave you in trouble, make sure that your pet has a collar with current contact information. It’s also a good idea to have your pet micro chipped to make the process of finding him easy in case he gets lost.
Finding a new vet/pet sitter/walker
If you are doing a long distance move, you will need to find new providers for your pet care services. You could get references from your current vet.
Changing pet food
If you are moving to a new country, you might find that your usual pet food brands are no longer available. If not managed properly, the change can be hard on your pet, especially if they don’t like the new food. Experiment with a few brands, and make the switch gradual.
Moving long distances with your pet may not be the easiest thing to do, but if you anticipate these challenges and have solutions ready, things will be much easier for you and your pet.
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