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Moving with pets and animals

Moving causes stress, and moving with animals can be extremely traumatic. However, there are precautions and procedures that can ease the process for both pet and human. The steps a pet owner should take will vary, of course, with the species. Dogs, cats, small animals, birds, reptiles and fish all require special consideration. Animals cannot be moved in regular moving trucks. But even large animals like horses can be moved successfully with a bit of forethought and preparation.

It is important to keep up the animal's daily routine up until the time of the move. Animals are intuitive and they will recognize when something is amiss or radically different in their lives. Continue feeding them the same food up to the day of the move, and take along their familiar food, water bowls, toys, and bedding. Cats can become very upset by a change of environment. Invest in a proper carrier for a cat. Keep it covered with a blanket when traveling by car to create the illusion of a safe place.

Dogs may take a move in stride but there are exceptions. If a dog is subject to motion sickness it should not be fed twelve hours prior to traveling, and if necessary, medication can be prescribed by a veterinarian for motion sickness.

Birds and small pets are sensitive to temperature change. They need to be fed and watered regularly during a move and they need adequate ventilation. Reptiles need to be handled with care and to be kept moist, not wet. Be sure that all state and federal regulations regarding the movement of birds and reptiles from one state to another are followed. Fish are more difficult to move than other pets and may require placement in two or more tanks. A portable aerator will keep the water oxygenated during the move. Try to get the aquarium set up as soon as possible after arriving at your destination.

Moving a horse will require that you tow a trailer behind your vehicle. If your regular vehicle is not adequate for towing, you will need to undertake a van rental. If overnight stays are anticipated, booking stables along the way is absolutely necessary. These stables will require a health certificate. If no stables are available, it may be possible to park the trailer in a hotel lot overnight. This is not advisable during inclement weather. Your horse will be reassured when you feed and water it as normal, and clean out its stall.

It is important to keep your pet reassured and safe. It is even more important to follow the advice of your veterinarian, and to follow all the health regulations. If moving by airplane, seek the advice of the airline. When moving a pet seems overwhelmingly difficult, there are always professional animal moving services.

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