We humans tend to think of our pets as another member of the family, but it is easy to forget just how many emotions they can feel. Moving is extremely confusing for even the most intelligent pet.
Luckily, Motivated Movers in Birmingham knows a thing or two about transporting animals. We’ve got advice on what you should and should not do with your precious pets during a residential move.
- Plan ahead! Some pets are prone to extreme anxiety when forced to experience certain situations. For many, that situation is car rides. If your dog or cat is fearful of the car and you have a long drive ahead of you, slowly introduce your animal to short and sweet car rides weeks in advance (bring some treats). This could slowly desensitize the experience. If desensitizing isn’t possible, plan a trip to your veterinarian in advance. They will most likely prescribe your pet with some type of benzodiazepine and suggest a feeding schedule for your trip. The vet can also prescribe something to prevent car sickness.
- New tags! A change of address means a change in your dog tags! Because you are traveling, it’s best to make sure these tags come with your cell phone number, in case you and your pup get separated. If your pet has a microchip, remember to change the information on that as well.
- Pack! To ensure the trip is most comfortable for your pet, plan to pack a decent amount of their belongings in the car with you. This includes their blankets, treats, toys, medicine, food, and leash. Bring water to keep your pet hydrated and consider packing it into a cooler if you’re traveling on a hot day. In addition to packing your pet supplies, remember that packing your own items can be overwhelming. Consider leaving your pet with a friend for the day or keeping them in a kennel.
- Ignore. Because you are trying to get to your new location with a potentially anxious animal, you may try to make the best time possible, causing you to ignore your pets signs of stress. If you dog is exhibiting stress, it’s important to stop, get out of the car, and provide some moments of peace. A short burst of some physical exercise, or a few minutes with a mentally stimulating toy can bring your animal’s stress level down to a manageable level quickly. Common signs of stress include: increased shedding, whining, sweaty paws, tucked tail, loss of appetite, excessive licking and chewing, and foamy drool.
- Placement. Your pet should never be allowed in the front seat of your car. A pet in the front seat is dangerous to you, your dog, all passengers in the car, and all other drivers on the road. In addition, your pet should never be placed in an open back truck or the storage area of a car/van. Think safety! Place your pet in the back seat, secured in a crate or carrier, and rigged so as not to jostle.
- Leaving. On any road trip, frequent breaks are needed. Do not leave your pet unattended in your hot car. It may feel like a nice temperature outside, but when your car is stopped in the sunshine, without the AC on, 75 degrees becomes 118 degrees inside the car. Animals can overheat extremely quickly, causing major medical problems and even death. If our warning isn’t enough, it’s important to know that leaving a pet unattended in a car is a criminal offense in 14 states. To avoid leaving your pet alone, plan to have at least one other adult passenger in the car.
It is really important to make your move as comfortable as possible for your pet. Our pets would never let us be sad or anxious, so why should we?
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