Moving is stressful enough without having any extra headaches to deal with. Whether you're relocating across the country or across the street, the key to coordinating a successful move is to have of your ducks in a row; this includes a plan for your pet. From fish to Fido, it's important to have a plan for the most important family member when your trying to do a pet relocation with your pet!
Chances are, your family pet is either a cat or dog, but if you have an unusual pet, make sure you contact the State Veterinarian's Office or State Department of Agriculture requesting the pet laws and regulations of your new state. You might need to get a special permit, depending on the type of animal.
Once you've determined the state's regulations, it's a good idea to check with the City Clerk's office in your new community for local pet ordinances. Some apartments will not allow cats or dogs, or will have weight limits on specific animals. Make sure you're 60 lb. lab will be welcome in your new home!
Pets Have Paperwork
Bet you didn't even realize it, but your pet has paperwork! Most states require a health certificate for dogs and many states require one for cats, birds. Check with your veterinarian to determine if your pet requires a health certificate. Typically, current inoculation records must accompany it.
In addition to a health certificate, your pet must have proper identification. Whether you are moving by air or by car, any pet that can wear a collar should have one on, with an ID tag secured to it. Most tags will and should include the pet's name, your name, and the destination address. In addition, most animals require rabies tags so if your pet hasn't been inoculated for rabies, you will want to make sure to handle this before you move.
Prep Your Pet For Relocation
While many of us cannot bear to be away from our furry friends for more than a few hours, if you are traveling by air to your new apartment, your pet might have to fly separate. Your first step is to confirm that the airline allows animals. Some airlines allow pets to fly with you if they are kept in a USDA and IATA- approved container small enough to fit under the seat. Pets not accompanied by the owner must travel air freight. If your pet must fly air freight, make sure you sedate your pet to alleviate any additional stress during the relocation process. Also remember to clearly indicate write the words "FRAGILE. LIVE ANIMAL" and "THIS SIDE UP" on the outside of the container.
Which is best for you depends on you and your lifestyle. Cats require less care, but are very independent. Some cats will become very attached to you, but generally, they will come to you when THEY want to, not when you call them. You will generally not be able to take a cat for a walk outside or over to the local pet store when you shop. But a cat will sit in your lap, keep you warm when it's cold, and purr like crazy when you pet him. It's been said that a cat will lower your blood pressure. If you work outside of the home you won't need to worry about getting home during the day for a walk or being sure to be home right after work to feed your cat. You will need to get a litter box.
If you travel, you can leave a few days worth of food for a cat or you can have someone come in to "cat-sit" every other day or so to make sure he gets attention, to fill up the food and water bowls, and check or clean the litter box. So if you travel often or are gone for most of the day, maybe a cat is best for you.
On the other hand, a dog is trainable. You train him to go outside to take care of his bathroom needs (no litter box, though some small dogs these days have a "wee-wee pad" so that they can be left in the house while you're gone). You can train him or her to do tricks, to come when you call, to take a walk on a leash without pulling, to respond to commands and not jump on your guests when they walk in the door. You can take a dog on trips in the car. Most cats hate the car. To them it means a trip to the vet.
A dog is a social magnet for other dog lovers to stop and talk to you. He's a wonderful companion who will become one of the family. He will love you unconditionally, and forever. And you'll love him, too.
That's not to say that you won't love your cat. We still have memories of Annie, a yellow tabby cat that followed my husband a block to the mailbox and back every night. And there was Bailey, who could open doors from inside or outside a room. No locking him up while he got used to the house. But we also remember our first dog, Jet, who was sweet and loving until someone climbed our fence to check out her pups. Then she went into protection mode. And then there was Brandy, an Irish Setter, who chewed an entire couch when he was a puppy.
I would recommend checking your nearest shelter. There are many dogs and cats who wind up homeless and need someone to take care of them. When one of them looks at you and you bond immediately, take him home with you. Whichever you decide, it will be a wonderful experience filled with love and laughter.
How many times have you driven down the road and seen dogs, elated and loving it, hanging out the side of a car window? Most dogs love cars. They love the excitement of getting into the backseat and the exhilaration of feeling the wind and seeing everything rush by. Driving has long been an American pastime and nothing could make it more enjoyable than sharing the experience with your family's favorite furry friend. While this may be your best friend's favorite activity, it's important for you to realize that there are safer ways to drive with Rex in the backseat. The following tips are designed to benefit both you and your pooch. Traveling with your dog can be great, but if you adhere to these suggestions it will be wonderful!
Don't roll your window all the way down. While Sparky may enjoy hanging out of it while driving, if you were to get into an accident he would surely be thrown from the vehicle. Also, if something out there were to catch his eye, your dog might jump out of the car and into traffic. Don't deny him all the fun, though-- roll the window down just enough for him to get his head out and enjoy the ride.
- Put down a sheet or blanket in the backseat. This will help prevent you from having dog hair all over the upholstery of your car. Oftentimes a vacuum cannot get all of the hair and a specialized attachment may be a great investment if you travel with your dog often. This sheet with also help catch anything your dog leaves behind, from treat crumbs to pieces of his favorite chew toy. - Plan your route to make sure that you have plenty of pet-friendly places to stop. When traveling short distances this will not be an issue, but long distance driving will require that you have a place to walk and feed your dog. Even though he's probably considerably smaller than most people, Rex would love to stretch out on a long drive like the rest of us!
Take off your dog's leash when you get into the car. Keeping the leash within reach is important, but you don't want your puppy to be getting caught on things while you are driving. Another option, especially if the window is open, is to leave the leash on and hold one end of it, or buckle it in with your seatbelt. This will ensure that Sparky can't escape and that he will be safely secure. The best thing to do, though, is to invest in a harness that is made specifically for traveling with dogs. This harness will be your best bet when it comes to safety and, depending on the model you choose, can be relatively easy to use.
Traveling with your dog is always going to be a little stressful, given the extra distractions it will cause; however, it's always worth it to have man's best friend by your side. If you follow these tips, the trip will be even better!
Animal lovers would love to be able to take their pets along on trips. However, the whole activity can be nerve wracking especially with the cats when they begin hissing, clawing and even moaning. Nevertheless, there are ways that individuals may comfortably travel with their cats.
When traveling with cats planning well in advance is imperative. When making the travel itinerary and before embarking on a trip cat lovers need to ensure that they are conversant with rules related to pets; especially where they are allowed in motels and hotels.
The cats should be adequately prepared for the trip. It is important that the cat’s shots are updated. So this would involve a visit to the veterinarian where the cat is vaccinated in preparation for the journey. When traveling with pets such as cat, pet owners are required to provide the animal’s health certificate. The veterinarian may provide this on request. Traveling may expose pets to health risks which is why a visit to the vet is recommended. Cats may appear nervous and distressed about leaving familiar environments. In such a situation the pet owner may request the vet to administer a mild tranquilizer.
While traveling, it is advisable that the cat is confined, thus the need for a cat carrier. This helps to comfort the cat. However, before leaving for the journey, cat owners are advised to acclimatize their cats to their carriers. This involves letting the cat sleep in the carrier and sometimes taking the cat for short drives while in the carrier. In order to make traveling seem like fun, the cat owner may reward the cat by giving snacks. With time the cat is sure to get accustomed to traveling.
It is important that cat owners place some kind of identification on their pets. A harness on a cat is particularly important. An id tag with such information as the owners name and contact information such as address and telephone number should be attached to the harness. Tagging a cat is also a good idea. By fastening a leash on the harness, the cat owner may also be able to take the cat for a walk.
A litter box for use on potty breaks is a necessity when traveling with cats. The cat owner may make the litter box from a small card board box that contains clay litter, old newspapers, cloths or towels. The litter box should be placed in the cat carrier. Absorbent towels come in handy in case of potty accidents. Nevertheless, having out door breaks comes highly recommended.
Cat owners should refrain from feeding their cats just before embarking on the drive. A full bladder is likely to make the cat even more uneasy. Consequently, potty accidents may occur. In some instances, the cat may vomit. Cat owners are also advised to carry drinking water from home. Traveling may bewilder the cat; consequently it may refuse to drink water that has a strange taste resulting in dehydration.
Through careful planning, cat owners may make traveling with cats stress free and more enjoyable.
You are always worried about the fate of your little crawler when you plan an outstation trip and leave it behind. At times, you want a babysitter who can look after it in your absence and then there are times when you wish you had it with you. Leaving it behind in a kennel (in case of a dog) is something your heart does not consent to, for encaging something so precious with so much value in your life is bound to uncalled for.
What do you do? You are left in no man's land blinking for answers! This is where Family Pet Relocation's Transportation Service augurs best for you. Pet Transportation ensures your pooch does not have to be left stranded at home and would rather be delivered to you wherever you go.
So how does it work? How exactly is your pet delivered to you and in what conditions? Do they put it to sleep or do they inject it with something which it keeps it still till the distance is covered and then the medicine wears off?
The Pet Travel Scheme entails your pet being kept inside a cage after being tranquillized or put to sleep temporarily. At times, it is even kept awake and active. Whatever the case may be, it is kept judiciously inside a cage which is well made. You have inside the cage defra approved pens, soft bedding, non spill water bowls, litter trays and toys. All of these are categorically placed within the cage to ensure your pet has it easy during the ride and does not get panicky or fidgety because of some form of discomfort.
The soft cushions kept inside the cage and above the floor ensure the pet has it easiest and most comfortable just sitting and slouching on it. However hard the terrain may be, your pooch will never have any sense of discomfort.
The litter trays kept besides it inside the huge cage ensures just in case it feels like relieving itself during the ride, the tray is always there. Though the people responsible for safe pet transportation do stop mid way multiple times to check whether your pooch wants to discharge, still the tray ensures in case something happens not to their knowledge the poor pet does not end up making the cushion or the soft pads filthy.
During the journey undertaken via the pet travel scheme, your dog gets regular exercise to keep healthy, active and fit. While the pet is in transit, you are constantly kept in touch with everyday. The vehicles in which they are carried are categorically designed after taking all parameters of pet safety and comfort into consideration.
The pet travel scheme is a major hit across the European contingent. Pet lovers make full use of pet transportation to ensure their pets are delivered to them within a few days of them leaving home and vacationing at their preferred spot.
No matter what distance ought to be taken care of in the way, your pet will by every stretch of imagination be delivered to you by the right service+.