Moving can be stressful as it is, but having to also worry about relocating your family and furry friends adds another level of anxiety. If you're worried about your long-distance move and how to prepare your pet, the San Francisco Chronicle has provided you with an simple guide to follow to ease the moving process for both you and your pet.
BEFORE YOU MOVE
While you pack, stick to your pet's normal routine. This includes feeding them at the same time each day. If you have a dog, try to walk them at the same time each day.
Purchase new identification tags for your dogs and cats so that if you do get separated during the move, they will have the contact information with them.
Your pet will have to travel in a carrier or a crate, so spend some time having them get used to it several weeks before the big move.
Be sure that your pets' vaccinations and health are all checked off and up to date before you travel. This would also be a good time to ask about sedatives or other medication that can be used to calm your pet's stress during the move.
It is important to keep your pets in a safe place, complete with food and water where they cannot get out.
If you choose to fly, consider all your options ahead of time, like flying nonstop, for example.
If you are traveling with birds, cover their cage with a black cloth, since they are extremely sensitive to temperature change.
When driving, use a restraining harness, crate or carrier for your pet while in the car. Do not leave your pet in the car unattended, especially in hot weather.
AFTER THE MOVE
Once you have made it to your new home, let your pets adjust at their own pace. Let them explore, show them where their food and water will be and where the bathroom is. Take your dog for a walk so he can get a sense of his new home. Cats may take a little more time to transition.
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It is important to remember that your pets will adjust to your new home at their own pace and that although they take awhile to transition, they eventually will, with your help, as long as everyone remains calm and patient. Try as best as you can to pay careful attention to your furry family members to make this experience good for the both of you.