Preparing Your Car For Pet Moving
Moving from one region to the other, especially over a long distance is often challenging. Many people attribute this to a few factors, the nostalgia of leaving their current home included. Moving with pets is another thing that makes the journey quite hectic since there are several things you need to get ready beforehand. While many people remember to get all the necessary documents about their pet as required by the law, they fail terribly when it comes to preparing the car for pet moving. Perhaps, you did not know that your car needs to be prepared.
Here is what you need to do:
Create enough space for the pet
Some people ignorantly throw their pets in the spaces left after packing other luggage. Such an arrangement makes the pet uncomfortable during the move and if they find any chance, they can seek comfort outside your car, which implies losing them. Make your pet a priority and ensure there is enough space for it such that it can move or stretch freely throughout the journey.
Fit the pet’s crate
A pet’s crate is the device that you use to carry your pet. It is a requirement of the law to use a fitting crate to move your pets. Make sure that you have the right crate such that it fits your pet comfortably. Additionally, the crate should fit well in your car and offer enough room for ventilation –do not stack it between other luggage.
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Pack the pet’s food in the car
Most moving companies advise that while moving a pet, you should not break its routine. For example, the pet should get its food and water as usual. You should therefore, have enough food for the pet in the car to give it at the right intervals. This makes the pet fail to detect any abnormal and abrupt change of routine despite being in the middle of a journey.
Have the necessary tags
Tags are important elements of identifying your pets. Cases have been reported of stolen pets, or even mistreatment of pets. You do not want to be accused of any of these; having the appropriate tags will save you a lot of explaining.
Keep your pet’s health documents in your car
Moving a pet from one area to the other is a serious process that can only be successful if you have the right documentation. Before you set off on the move, you need to ensure that all the health records and other documents are in the car. The documents should include any treatment and vaccinations given to your pet, blood tests, and where necessary quarantine information.
Long distance moves with a pet can be challenging. However, preparing your car well can help you ease the process. Losing your pet on the way is something that you cannot afford. Some pets such as dogs might want to jump out especially at rest stops. Having a strong door ensures that you keep your pet secure up to your destination.
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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