Moving With Your Pet To A New Home

Moving to a new home can be a tramatic experience for pets. Here you'll find valuable information on traveling with your cat or dog.

Moving with pets can be a traumatic experience, especially if they aren't accustomed to traveling. The first few days at a new residence can also be somewhat traumatic for pets. The following suggestions and tips can help alleviate much of the stress involved when moving with pets. It will also help you learn ways to acclimate your pet to his new surroundings.

If you have to travel a long distance when relocating, consider buying a pet taxi made of durable hard plastic. They're washable and can be taken apart for storage. Pet crates are also great to use in the home as an indoor kennel. If a dog is trained to use an indoor kennel as a puppy, they will consider it as their personal den. They can be housed in a crate for short periods of time when you're away from home, and they are great to use when your pet comes in with wet feet. Pet taxis are approved for airline use, and they are a comfortable and secure way for your pet to travel. They are a wise investment for anyone with a cat or dog.

When choosing a pet taxi, make sure to purchase one large enough for your pet to stand up and turn around in. This may not be convenient for traveling by car if you have a large dog, but a small dog can easily be carried in this manner. Larger crates can be taken apart and placed in the back of a truck or another vehicle with adequate room. Be sure to line it with a rug, towel, or comfortable cushion.

If you're moving very far from your current home, be sure to take food and water for your pet. He will need a break just like you will. Also, be sure to bring a leash for walking your dog, and if you have a cat you'll need to enclose a small litter pan.

If your pet isn't accustomed to traveling, you may want to consider having him sedated. Your local veterinarian can provide you with pills you can administer, or the vet can give your pet a shot before the trip. Pills might be the better choice if you have a long way to go since you can re-administer them yourself when necessary. These will help you pet to relax, and more than likely he will sleep during the trip.

When you arrive at your new home, your pet will more than likely want to explore. If the previous owners had pets, you may want to consider cleaning the carpets as soon as possible. If former pets living in the home had accidents, your pet may go in the same areas. Consider using an odor neutralizing product after the carpets have been thoroughly cleaned.

Cats and dogs adapt rather quickly after a move. Be sure to give your pet plenty of time to look around and explore. Before long your beloved friend will be used to his new surroundings and make himself right at home.

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