Well you packed your stuff and it’s time to move to your new place. It seems to you that you have solved everything, but then you remembered that you have to move with your pets, too. You thought it was a simple process and you would just put them in the car, and then problems started. Your pets have become upset and scared. They do not want to separate from the place where they slept. And you realize that besides their favorite toys, you cannot move their favorite place in the backyard, their favorite tree, and the habits they had in your old place.
You must understand that your pets take moving emotionally as much as you do. For them, this is a new experience, they do not know what to expect. Because they go to an unknown place and you know how much space is important to animals. Of course, depending on the type of pet, moving looks different. Every animal requires a different mode of transport, it is not the same thing to move a cat, fish, parrot, iguana or horse. Moreover, your pets know you well and feel when you are upset, so try to stay calm while packing. If you are moving for the first time and you need information on how to most effectively and safest move with your pets, then this article is perfect for you.
Preparation for moving
As you prepare yourself to move, you need to prepare your pets, too. Compare your pets with kids. They have feelings, they are tied to the house, they have their favorite place and their habits, and now they must suddenly renounce it. They can also feel sadness, stress, and anxiety because they realize that something big is happening. Try to pack yourself as quietly as possible, and take several days to prepare to move with your pets. Bear in mind that this is a new experience for you, and imagine how it is to them. The president and founder of TripsWithPets.com, Kim Salerno, said that it’s about letting your pets know that you will keep things stable and under control, which allows them to worry less. Consider the safest mode of transport. Do not forget that visiting a veterinarian. Contact your vet so you can take prescription medications, your vet can recommend another good vet in your new neighborhood.
As we mentioned, you cannot move fish, horses, dogs, horses, iguanas or Guinea pigs in the same way. Think about your pet type. What animals do you have? Each of these animals requires special treatment to pay attention to. You cannot transport some animals with your own vehicle. So you have to rent a special service that deals with it. If you have an aquarium and you move fish, the moving process is not simple and easy at all. Fish are very easily shaken and stressed, and moving could be a very traumatizing experience to them. If moving takes short distances, you can transport them in bags filled with their old tank water, but if you have a long distance to travel, vets say it’s best to give them a new home with a friend, empty the tank, and buy new fish after you unpack.
Move with your pets depending on the species
If you have parrots or some special bird species, you must have in mind that moving can be stressful experience for them. Some birds like to spend time in the cage so you can transport them easily, while others like to fly free in your space. You should gradually try to put them in the cage for several days, so they can get used to being in the cage before transporting. Guinea pigs are very sweet, and small, so you can transport them easily with kennel, but moving is also a stressful experience for them. They can suffer from being jostled around, as their hearts are particularly susceptible, so you should pay attention and make sure they are transported in a warm and small carrier.
2. Dogs and cats
Dogs and cats are the most common domestic animals to be transported. If you own them, you are sure to know that there are various bags and plastic carriers for their transportation. If you are going to have long-distance moving, a flight is the best solution for transport. You can transport your pets in a kennel by car or buckle them up with pet seatbelts. But flying with animals is not a very simple process. Because some commercial flying agencies refuse to transport animals due to some regulations. Regulations for flying pets vary by airline, but on most commercial flights, you can take small dogs and cats in a carrier under your seat, if you pay fees, which are usually starting from $100 to $150 one way, while larger pets must fly in the cargo area. With temperature-controlled space under the seats. The large animals must ride in kennels that adhere to regulations set by the Agriculture Department and the International Air Transport Association.
Explore the risks
There are also some risks. According to The New York Times, American Airlines, will not transport pets if any stop in your journey is colder than 45 degrees or warmer than 85 degrees. So make sure you don’t medicate your pet before a flight. You should also bring proof of recent vaccinations to show it to airline staff, if required. According to Sally B. Smith from a pet transportation service Airborne Animals, the no. 1 cause of death in shipping pets are tranquilizers since the drugs depress the heart and respiratory system. Bear in mind that as there is a risk of carriage of animals by car. There is also a risk of flight by plane. Statistics say that during 2016, about 26 animals died on commercial flights in the United States, while 22 animals were injured.
We hope that you find something useful in our article. And that you will be more comfortable now with the transport of your pets. Bear in mind that this is a stressful and new experience for you. And for them. So plan everything carefully and do not rush to finish everything in one day. Give your pets a little time to adjust to change and they will be happier and more grateful because you care about their needs.