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8 Common Pet Transportation Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Moving to a new home is a stressful process for everyone involved, including your pets. And, it’s all too easy to make pet transportation mistakes if you’re not prepared and organized on moving day.

Keep in mind that your pets will already feel confused during the weeks preceding your move. All that packing and running around you’ll be doing is enough to alert them that something is amiss. Come moving day, they will feel the tension in your nerves and more nervous or antsy.

That’s why it’s so important to ensure that your pets are properly cared for before, during, and after the move.

If you’re preparing for a big move, there are several things to keep in mind. Keep reading to learn how you can successfully avoid making pet transportation mistakes during this process.  If you are preparing to move a pet such as a lizard or snake, there are protocols to make sure they are safe and comfortable throughout the pet transport process.

Successfully Avoiding Pet Transportation Mistakes While Moving

The most important factor when moving with pets is to be sure that you will not break any laws while moving them across borders. This is especially true for international moves.

Pets will likely be required to submit to quarantine before you can move them into a new country.  Make sure to research the local government regulations ,as well as air or shipping transport laws, before your scheduled move date.

If you’re simply traveling within state lines or across the country, here are some things to keep in mind.

1. Transportation For Dogs

Moving with dogs is actually pretty simple. They are mostly easy-going creatures that adjust well to change. 

The biggest mistake to avoid traveling with your best companion is not providing proper care during travel. They need food and water on a schedule as close to normal as possible. They also need potty breaks, perhaps more frequently than usual. 

2. How to Transport Cats

Cats, on the other hand, are a little more sensitive. You’ll need to make sure your precious kitty has a quiet place to hide within the traveling environment. And, your cat needs a walk just as well as the dog to ensure that they won’t develop health problems such as kennel cough form the stress and confinement of the travel.

3. Crates/Carriers/Restraints

Crates, carriers, collars or harnesses, leashes; all of this is essential while transporting your pets. While some dogs may feel comfortable lazing in the back seat, it’s best to contain them on long trips to avoid accidents and other stressors.

Cats can slip free from a collar so invest in a proper harness for potty and stretch breaks that you can secure with a short leash.

It’s best not to provide food or water inside the crate or carrier so that you can monitor your pet’s intake to help alleviate potty accidents. 

4. Don’t Forget Snacks and Toys

While your pets may not be too interested in playing during travel, it’s still a good idea to bring along some of their favorite toys or blankets/beds. Familiar smells breed comfort for your pet.  

Neither may they be extremely interested in snacks, but bring enough along to coax them into feeling more at home while you’re away from home.

5. Microchips for Pets

 We can’t stress this enough. If you don’t have a microchip for your pets, spend the money and take the time to get your pet to the vet and get one. Literally thousands of pets have been reconnected with their owners after running away or getting lost for various reasons. You never know what could happen from car accidents to broken collars that could allow your pet to slip away in a foreign land.

Anybody that would find your pet can have them scanned and your information will be detected so it’s also important to make sure the microchip paperwork is filled out correctly and updated right before your move. 

6. Traveling By Car

Don’t ever leave pets unattended in the car, especially in the heat or extreme cold. Even if the temperature is average, your pet will be stressed out which raises their body temperature. Besides that, the temperature in your closed-up car is at least 10-20 degrees warmer than it is outside.

7. Hotels for Pets

If you plan to stay at hotels on your way to your new home, it’s first important to make sure they are pet friendly. Second, you should book the hotel well in advance of your stay to make sure you secure a room and you’re not scrambling at the last second.

An added tip, even if you don’t usually treat your pets for fleas at home, it can’t hurt to give one dose of flea treatment prior to your stay at any hotel. You don’t know what kind of pets have stayed before you and fleas are a major nuisance, not to mention the added stress for your pet or the risk of bringing fleas to your new home.

8. Making Sure Your New Home is Pet Friendly

You’ve made it! Now is the time to give your pet plenty of time to adjust.  But, first, check the yard to make sure the fence is secure for your dog and maybe scout out the possible hiding spots for your cat so you’ll know they are safe in your new home.

It could take weeks or even months for your pets to get used to the new surroundings so don’t worry if they don’t seem quite like themselves right away.  They will come around soon with a little coaxing and a lot of love.

Pet Transportation Costs

Moving with pets isn’t very costly in the big picture. If you move them with you, the only added cost may be a carrier, a new microchip (if you don’t already have one), and hotel fees.

Transporting them with a mover that specializes in moving pets varies in price but it’s well worth the reduced hassle and stress.  

You can easily avoid any pet transportation mistakes by transporting your pet with a trusted service like ours. Arrange a move with us to have peace of mind and ensure that your pet arrives at your new location safely.

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