May 2 2014

Amber Moves How To: Relocating with Pets

It’s time to move out of your old home and into the new one with more memories ahead and a new adventure to conquer. You’ve packed everything up, called your movers, sold unwanted belongings on a garage sale, bid farewell to the neighborhood, changed mailing addresses, updated utilities and all that but are you sure you are not forgetting something, someone or anything? How about Mr. Goldy goldfish in swimming gently in his own aquarium, Pippin the hamster and his wheel, Mishka the adorable cat and her favorite thread spool or Pongo the shitzu and his puppy brown eyes? Indeed you have to prepare and consider your pets too when moving. For some helpful tips, we have some useful advice from the friendly team at Amber Moves on relocating with pets.

  • moving with petsVISIT THE VET – Make sure that you pay your favorite veterinarian a visit even if your pet is healthy and much more if they are sick. You have to do this for a number of reasons. First, it is best to have them checked to ensure that they are fit for the travel especially if you are relocating somewhere really far and requires a boat or plane ride as you will be required to have a medical certificate on your pet. Secondly, the vet will be able to give you medication if they are sick and you can stock up in time. Third, they will be able to suggest to you a new vet if you are going really far and will make it inconvenient to visit them soon.
  • UPDATE THE TAG – You do not want any stray dogs or cats now would you? To avoid losing them during the move or once you arrive at your new home, get them new and updated tags. This will be their ticket home if they get lost along the way.
  • A PHOTOGRAPH – In relation to the above, have a new photo of them. You never know when you’d need one.
  • PLAN THE TRAVEL – See to it that the travel is pet friendly. Remember that long journeys can cause them stress, upset their appetite and cause depression.
  • HAVE THEM LEASHED OR GET A CARRIER – It is advisable to have them leashed or placed in a carrier especially if you are not riding a personal vehicle. They will help restrain your pets plus carriers can serve as their temporary sleeping place.
  • PACK SOME SNACKS AND SUPPLIES – Amber Moves reminds owners to pack ample snacks and supplies too! If you get hungry then so does your pet no matter what animal they are. Bring food, supplies, toys and old blankets for bedding.