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Relocating to a New City is Difficult for Pets and Kids Too!

Apr 10, 2008
For some renters and homeowners, the stress of moving with a pet begins long before you start hitting up your 10 best friends to help lug boxes the size of a small child. If you're still looking for a pet-friendly pad, search the Web sites of humane organizations, such as The Humane Society, for links to pet-approved rentals. But let's assume you've gotten beyond all that and you have a month to get your best friend and kids ready for the big move.

Fortunately, there are steps you can take to make their move easier at both ends and on the road. Take your time. Stretch out your packing time over several weeks. Avoid panic in the last days, leaving moving day as relaxed as possible for you, your family and your pets. Proper planning with movers really is the key to a well planned relocation.

A couple weeks before moving, request a copy of veterinary records, a rabies vaccination certificate, and a health certificate. Be sure your pets are up to date with their shots. If your pet is a senior or has health problems, ask whether a mild sedative would be advisable before travel.

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.
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