Relocation is a cumbersome process, and demands a lot of attention and meticulous planning. The work of shifting household goods can be done with the help of professional packers & movers companies. However, when it comes to moving your pet – the task demands a special attention. You will have to ensure a smooth, safe and humane journey for your companion. Here, we have listed some of the relocation tips that will make the shifting less traumatic for your and your animal, both.
- Before moving to the new destination, schedule a comprehensive check-up for your pet. Consult your vet, if any major precaution has to be taken. Receive all required vaccination, and get a certificate indicating your pet is in good health.
- Make sure that your pet’s collar is comfortable, and properly tagged. The tag should have your name and addressed mentioned in it.
- Travel with leash and collar for dogs; and make sure to carry litter, a litter pan, scooper and plastic bags for cats. Allow your pets to have normal food and exercise regimen. Do not forget to carry First Aid Kit with you. It’s also recommended to pack pet’s regular food and bottled water, to avoid stomach upset.
- Hire a professional pet carrier. Make sure that the carrier used for transportation has a facility of travel kennel. The container should have no internal protrusion, sturdy handles, gripes or sharp edges. It should have enough space in which your pet can freely stand, turn and lie down. Moreover, it should have proper ventilation and the doors are locked in a secure manner.
- If your pet has to be shifted by air, gather a detailed information about their rules and regulations regarding pet travel. Confirm whether the Airline will provie the container, or you will have to make the arrangement yourself. Make sure that someone will pick up your pet and take care of it until you arrive.
After you reach to your new destination, try to introduce your pet to its new home by:
- Allowing the animal to return to its daily feeding and exercise schedule
- Positioning the animal’s bed, toys and bowls as in the previous house
- Introducing him to the neighbors and building staff
- Taking your animal for a long stroll, will keep him away from any kind of anxiety after shifting
It’s always advisable to keep the pet confined until it realizes that this is the new home, or it may wander off in a bid to return to the old home.