Moving is always stressful, and our pets also feel the stress when moving to a new location. There are ways to minimize their fear and discomfort, though. Here are some tips for getting your pets through the moving process, safely and easily.
Moving With Dogs & Cats
First, if you’re moving to a new town, be sure to get a copy of your pet’s veterinary records. You could also ask your vet if they have a recommendation for a veterinary service provider in your new location.
It might be easiest to leave your pet in a kennel overnight while you move your belongings into your new home. If you’d rather not do that, you can still take steps to ease your pet’s anxiety. Many dogs love car rides. Just make sure they are secured in the vehicle, or put into a carrier for the ride. Give them food, water, and toys to keep them occupied.
Cats are a different story. They definitely need to be placed in a carrier, preferably with a blanket draped over it. Make sure they have enough food and water for the trip. If your cat has high anxiety, it might be most humane to ask your vet for a sedative to help the cat relax while moving.
Moving With Small Pets & Fish
Small pets, like hamsters and guinea pigs, tend to do well during a move, as long as they are kept in a secure container and protected from hot or cold temperatures. Fish are a toss-up; they might live, or they might die from stress. To give them their best chance to survive, transport them in a plastic baggie filled with water from their old aquarium.
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