Common Mistakes to Avoid when Dispatching Your Pets
Between packing, looking for a great moving company and informing all the people concerned that you are moving, it is not surprising that not many people give enough thought to the pet(s). Thinking about the pet(s) last minute leads to so many mistakes that could be avoided if dispatching them was on your to-do list. Here are some of those mistakes to avoid.
Not planning about their move
Unfortunately you can’t just throw your pet in a box and seal it like you do with all the other items. That means you need to make special arrangements to move the pet especially if your car is being shipped. Making plans ahead will alleviate stress for you and for the pet as well because both you and they will be well-prepared for the move.
Letting the pet run loose on moving day
When you start packing boxes and making rooms empty two things can happen; excitement or stress. Either way, the reaction of the pet when it’s over-excited or stressed will not be good. The pet can either go into depression or start running around and disrupting the movers and causing accidents. If it is possible, the pet should be taken to a friend’s place for a while so they don’t have to experience the overwhelming stress that comes with moving. After you are done packing, you can take him or her and go straight to the car.
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Forgetting to update their ID tag
Most pets have name tags or a microchip that is helpful if the pet gets lost. Unfortunately, when most people are moving, they forget to update that information with their new details. The likelihood of the pet getting lost in the new place is very high because it’s not yet familiar with the surroundings. So updating the name tag is very important.
Assuming they will adjust on their own
Moving is incredibly stressful to pets because they are creatures of habits. When you move them to a completely new place, it will take a while for them to adjust and they can behave strangely for a while. Don’t be surprised if they don’t eat or they suddenly start urinating anywhere and everywhere. Be patient with them, play your part in establishing new routines for them and spend a lot of time with them. Walk them around the neighborhood a lot so they can get familiar with the place.
One common mistake people make is feeding their pet more than usual amounts so that it won’t get hungry on the way. What this does is that it makes the pet uncomfortable and he or she will likely throw up or want to relieve themselves many times. Though it’s good to give the pet something to eat and drink on the moving day, make sure it’s not a lot of food and you can carry snacks for them to eat on the way.
When you move with your pet to a new house, make sure you restrict them to one room for a while as you unpack so they don’t get affected. It’s good to stick with the regular routine and make them feel that nothing much has changed.
Written By:Joe Webster
Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing.
After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood.
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