What You Need To Pack For Your Pet Before The Move
Long distance moves can be daunting and very involving. However, hiring the services of a reliable moving company can ease your stress and relieve you the responsibility of preparing for the move. In addition, while moving takes its toll on the entire family, the pet is also not left behind. Anxiety can set in for this animal especially once it is handed over to a stranger to transport it.
While having a pet mover is inevitable, there are things you can do to make the process a little bit easier for your pet. You should pack:
Just as you packed enough food for your family, it is important to remember to pack food for your pet. If moving over a long distance, you will need to feed the pet on the way.
You may even find that your pet’s food is not available in your new town. You do not want to starve your pet to death so ensure you have enough food to last a couple of days both during the move, and after arrival at your new home.
Plenty of water
Different types of pets have diverse water requirement. For example, a few bottles of water would be enough for small cats, reptiles, or even birds. However, if you have a dog for a pet, you will need to pack a lot of water, as dogs can take a gallon, and more in a single day. Water is life, even for animals, so have this near you.
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A familiar blanket
Remember to keep your pet as comfortable as possible during the move by packing one of its familiar blankets. This blanket plays two main roles - that of keeping the animal comfortable and warm and then providing a sense of familiarity hence safety.
It is expected that your pet will need to go for both short and long calls. Additionally, the journey may fatigue the animal resulting in stomach upsets. You need to prepare to handle such eventualities as they are bound to occur. As such, pack enough towels to help you mop up stomach upset accidents, and act as potty for when it will be impossible to stop for the animal to relieve itself.
Pet first aid kit
Incidents and accidents can occur during the move. For example, your pet might get excited and become injured while in the car. It could also resist being moved and in the process get a few injuries. Your pet may also catch certain diseases on the way due to change in environment. Having a first aid kit for the pet will go a long way to dealing with injuries or any other events that might occur on the way.
Evidently, moving a pet over a long distance is involving. Most moving companies recommend that you organize everything well such that the pet does not feel left out as you move. If you pack all these essential items, it will be easy to move with your pet.
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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