How to Prepare Your Pet for Transport
The only things our pets need from us is food, somewhere comfortable to sleep and a good routine. However, when you are about to take up and move to another state or town, all these are bound to be disrupted for a while which can be very disorienting for your pet. Unlike children who are resilient in the face of danger and fear, pets can die or run away during a move. However, if you take some time to prepare the pet for transport, she can arrive at her new home safely with you;
Get the necessary documents
Every state has their own rules regarding the animals that can enter their jurisdiction. Make sure you do your research beforehand so your fury friend does not get sent back without you. Additionally, you might need to carry a certificate of veterinary inspection and health certificate to confirm that the pet is in good health and recently vaccinated. You must therefore take the pet to a real veterinarian a few days before the move to carry out a checkup on the pet and confirm that they are okay before vaccinating them. Secure a well-legible label on their neck stating not just their names but also their feeding schedule.
Familiarize the pet to the kennel
Your pet will be transported using a sizable kennel to help keep them safe and secure. Since you don’t want her to resist and misbehave on the material day, put here in the kennel five days or more before the move and let her get used to it. You can place a piece of your clothing in the kennel so she can smell your scent and relax.
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Feed and walk the pet
You should not give your pet food or drinks the last two hours before transportation. However, before that, you should take your dog or cat for a walk so they can stretch, relax and relieve themselves before the move. Make sure they also eat and drink enough during that time to last them a few hours of starving. If you can, take the pet to a pet spa so they can get a massage and relax fully before travelling.
Tranquilize the pet
There are two schools of thought when it comes to tranquilizing your pet for transportation. Some people believe that it is much safer and humane to transport the pet while it’s unconscious while others disagree. Depending on what your view is, tranquilizing a pet can really come in handy because the pet won’t have to eat and go to the bathroom on the way. She will also avoid other issues like stress, disorientation and fear because they will not be aware of what is going on.
Preparing your pet for transport is very important to ensure that your fury friend has a safe and stress-free journey. It will also make the transporters job easy because they won’t have to deal with a fussy pet on the way.
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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