How To Prepare Your Pets For A Long Distance Move

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How To Prepare Your Pets For A Long Distance Move
How To Prepare Your Pets For A Long Distance Move

Preparing Your Pets For A Long Distance Move

Long distance moves are not the easiest to make. It becomes even more difficult if you are moving to a new country. Your pets will not be an exemption because they will also need to adjust to the new environment. If you don’t work with a pet-friendly moving company, the move can really take its toll on them. Here are some steps that you can take to prepare your pet for a long distance move.

Prepare your car

If you’ll be driving to your new home, make sure your car is suitable to ferry a pet. For this, you will need a means to ensure that your pets stay put while they are in the car.

A good way of doing this would be backseat barrier nets, pet travel harnesses or pet carriers that can be held by your car’s seat belt.

Take a test drive

If your pets aren’t already used to long drives, take a trip together a few days before moving day. See how they respond and prepare for any problems that you face. You can plan to take a few breaks along the way so that they can stretch their legs before going back into the car.

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Visit the vet

It’s important to schedule a visit to the vet for every pet you are moving with before the trip. This will make sure that all your pets are in good health when travelling. If you are making an international move, use this vet trip to make sure that the pets are all up to date on their vaccines because some countries won’t allow your pet to enter without proof of vaccination.

Make sure you have the right pet carrier

Airlines that allow you to fly with your pet will usually have requirements that will have to be met for you to fly with your pet. Some of them will have specific size requirements for the crate or pet carrier that your pet will stay in during the flight. Get one that meets their requirements to avoid delays on moving day.

Have a tag with current contact details

Sometimes pets get lost along the way. When this happens, the contact details on your pet’s collar and carrier will ensure that you are reunited in the shortest time possible.

Observe feeding times

Feeding pets at the times they are used to eating will help reduce their stress during the trip. If you are changing time zones, this will mean calculating the time left before every meal rather than checking time on your watch. It’s also a good idea to bring with you generous portions of your pet’s favorite foods so that you won’t have to go shopping for new food immediately. Here are some tips to help you if you find that you need to change your dog’s or your cat’s food in your new home.

Moving long distances with your pet is not easy. However, with adequate preparation, it can be made easier on your pet.

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