Tips For Moving With Pets
August 13, 2013
Moving can be even more difficult if you have pets but there are some things you can do to make it easier. You need to always remember that moving will be just as stressful for your furry friend as it is for you (if not more). Remember, they won’t know what’s going on but you will, so you need to make sure they are fine both physically and emotionally. That means you should never move your pet if they’re sick. Instead, wait until they get better as the stress of the move can make them worse.
If you are moving a long distance, such as moving from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to Los Angeles, California, and want to travel by plane, you can usually take your pet with you but remember that only animals over 8 weeks of age can fly. You also want to try to book your flights early because airlines may have a limit on the number of pets allowed on a flight as well as specific regulations (such as crate size) that you must follow and you will need time to prepare. Also remember you cannot use sedatives on an animal that will be traveling by plane.
If you are moving by car, your pet should be fine. If it is a long trip and they get anxious in cars, you can give them a mild sedative but ask your vet first. Also be careful with giving your pet food or water before the move as if it’s a long trip they may need to go to the bathroom frequently. You also need to be sure to take plenty of rest stops to let your furry friend stretch their legs.
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