Moving companies will not move your pets so if you plan to move with your pets, they will be your responsibility. You need specific animal transporters to move your pets if that is what you need. If you don’t and you plan on moving with them, here are some tips to make the relocation easier, both for you, your pets and your kids.
If your family move involves air travel, contact airline carriers one month in advance. Ask about their pet regulations, and make reservations. Choose a nonstop flight to avoid extra handling and climate and air-pressure changes. Make sure that your movers are insured for your relocation process.
Make sure you don’t forget about your pets health records as well as your families when relocating. Ask your current vet for a referral for another reputable vet in your new hometown as well as arranging for a new family doctor for the rest of the family.
Don’t change. Keep your pets’ routines, such as feedings and walks, as normal as possible in the week before moving. Because dogs and cats need to feel in control, they might exhibit behavioral changes or even become ill when stressed. Treat them with the same level of attention you would ordinarily give them.
Maintain a comfortable car temperature for all pets, and don’t ever leave animals alone in a car on a hot day. Even with the windows cracked, this can be fatal. Birds and other small pets (hamsters, guinea pigs, and the like) are especially susceptible to drafts and heat.
Don’t let pets outdoors without a leash until they’ve adapted to their new surroundings. It is suggested that you wait several days to a week for cats and maybe a bit less for dogs because dogs adapt more quickly to new surroundings.