Moving with Pets

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You’ve found a new home and soon you will be relocating. Everything you will be moving can speak for itself EXCEPT your pet. If you are moving a short distance, no problem however your pet may require special accommodations to make the transition. Here are a few tips to help you.

Dogs:

Do you normally allow your dog to freely roam through your current residence? If stays at doggie daycare or the vet are not a part of life, then spending a day in a crate or in the car may cause a lot of stress for your canine. Pent up energy to run off, potential bladder issues, nervous tummies and unusual behavior may be minimized by changing their routine several days prior to the move. Spending a few hours a day in the crate or other environment to get acclimated to what is coming will help reduce anxiety for you and your companion.

Cats:

The finicky cat. Cats are an independent creature. Sudden changes in their environment whether being in a pet carrier for long periods while home showings occur and witnessing strangers within their territory or home improvement such as new flooring and paint may result in a ticked off or stressed feline resulting in the discontinued use of the litter box. Your cat may also suffer from urinary issues including inflammation, bladder stones and blockage. Don’t make changes to brands and types of food and types of litter. Cats may also exhibit aggressive behaviors such as biting. Adjust their world slowly to prepare them.

Horses:

These strong and stately creatures are prone to gastric ulcers. If you routinely take your horse to shows and trail rides your risk may be lower however those long trips may pose a problem. Take along a supply of hay, grain and water that is familiar to your horse and if possible enough to aid in adjusting at the new home. Consulting your vet prior to get advice and possible preventative medications is a good step in helping the equines in your family avoid colic when making the change.

Pocket Pets:

Those cute, small fury critters like rabbits, hamsters, ferrets and other little ones have their own unique ailments related to high stress encounters. Their systems tend to be delicate. Be sure to give them some attention, clean their cage and be sure that however is carrying them is careful and able to do so. Your vet may have some medication to assist in the transition.

All pets need food and water on a regular basis, don’t skip those, especially during a very stressful event.