Moving Pets

Dated: June 2 2015

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Moving is stressful enough on humans, just imagine how it will be for your pets. They don’t like changes to their usual routine so you can expect them to behave differently when they’re stressed. Here are some helpful tips for easing the transition and keeping your pets safe during the move:

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Visit the veterinarian

If you’re moving far enough and will need a new vet then make sure that a couple of weeks before moving, request a copy of veterinary records. You can also ask your current vet if they have any referrals or recommendations at your new place. Think ahead for your pet’s health – don’t forget to stock up on all prescriptions. Ask if you can get a pet sedative (especially for your senior pets) to calm their nerves for the trip.

Make travel arrangements

If your move involves air travel, contact airline carriers a month in advance. Ask them about requirements and restrictions. If you’re traveling by car, keep cats & dogs in carriers large enough to accommodate food and water bowls (plus a small litter box for the kitties). Dogs also have the option of using a restraining harness. The recommendations I found during my research say to pull over at least every 2 hours to allow your pet to stretch its legs and relieve itself. Have plenty of plastic bags and kitty litter on hand. If you have a fish, you can put it in a plastic bag with water (not advisable for long drives).

Prep your pet for your new home

Expect your pets to be a little frightened or totally confused in the new surroundings. Upon your arrival, immediately set out all the familiar and necessary things your pets need: food, water, treats, medications, bed, litter box, and toys. Introduce them to the new surroundings slowly and be aware of their needs. If your old home is nearby, your pet may try to go back.

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Remember, while your pets may not understand exactly what is going on, they can sense the stress that the family is experiencing. These furry friends are a part of your life so it is very important that you make the process as painless as possible. Make sure that your new place allows pets. I specialize in real estate and I can help you find the “Wright” home – for you and your pets. I’m here to make your home selling and home buying experience easy so call me!

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Heather Wright

In the competitive Des Moines market, Heather Wright combines client-focused service, innovative marketing techniques, and a decade of experience to make sure that your buying or selling experience is....

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