Relocating with your pets can be as stressful for them as it could be for you. This process does not have to be so traumatic and we would like to share with you a few tips on what to do when you want to relocate with your pets.
Making plans for a pet-friendly move will keep you sane and your pets as comfortable as possible. When you go new places, we want every member of your family to be at ease. The secret to pet relocation is planning.
Follow these pointers and you should be able to enjoy a stress free move:
1. Collar and Name Tag
Is your pets collar ID updated with your NEW / current contact information on?
2. Get your pets’ information / records from the vet
You might be moving far away and the new vet will need the vet records going forward.
Make sure the various vaccinations are up to date for the new location. You might be moving to another country. Make sure you know what the new regulations are.
Keep an emergency contact number for both the old and new veterinarian.
3. Is your pet on Chronic Medication or a special veterinarian diet?
Make sure you have sufficient supplies for a month in advance and check that these needs will be taken care of at your new location.
4. Tell your current neighbours about your move.
If your old home is nearby, your pet may try to find a way back there. To be safe, give the new home owners or your former neighbours your phone number and a photo of your pet, and ask them to contact you if your pet is found nearby.
5. On Moving Day
This is a day where a lot is happening and pets could become very stressed out with all that is happening. Its best to keep them locked away in a safe area (bedroom or bathroom) with bed, treats and water.
6. During the move
If you have chosen to place your pet in a crate during the move, make sure that they have been made familiar with the crate that they will be spending a lot of time in. Start by placing their blankie and food in the crate a week prior to the move. Keep the door open and let them explore this new place so that they can be familiar with it during the move.
7. First Aid Kit for the car
We would recommend the following supplies: Emergency contact numbers of vets and relatives, gauze, adhesive tape, bandages, hydrogen peroxide 3% and 2 towels.
8. Safety measures for inside the car
Travel with your pets in a dog crate or a well ventilated carrier. Secure the crate with the seatbelt, the vets do sell seatbelts for pets.
Never leave your pets in the car as they can within 15 minutes start to suffer from heat stroke or they could be stolen from the car.
When you want to stop for a break for your pets, take a turn off onto a quiet road (or farm road) and find a peaceful location for them to explore and do their business.
9. Staying overnight?
Find Pet Friendly Accommodation for your halfway stop and be sure to let them know how many pets you will be bringing with you.
10. Is your pet flying to their new destination?
You will need at least 2 months of preparation here. Its always recommended to make use of a Pet Travel Agent. Make sure you have spoken to the airline and understood their pet policy. Consult with your veterinarian about this form of travel for your pets and options to reduce their stress during the flight.
11. Time to choose your new vet
Its always good to get a recommendation from your current vet. Speak to the people in the area and ask who they will recommend and then schedule a visit to your new vet.
Now ask yourself: Are the receptionists, doctors, technicians, and assistants friendly, professional and knowledgeable? Are the office hours and location convenient? Does the clinic offer emergency or specialty services or boarding? If the hospital doesn’t meet your criteria, keep looking until you’re assured that your pet will receive the best possible care.
12. Is your new home ready for the pets’ arrival?
First things first. They will be stressed but also keen to explore their new environment. Place them in a room (or the bathroom) with all their toys, bedding, food and water. Make sure you have kept these items close by during the move. Secure all openings (windows, gates and possible places that they could escape through). Once all the chaos of the move has settled down, allow them to explore their new home. Placing a small amount of butter on top of the cat’s paws will force them to stop and lick their paws clean. This will give enough time for them to calm down and familiarise them with their new environment.
13. Learn about your new town / area.
Find out if there are any health concerns for pets (eg rabies) in the area and make sure your vaccinations are up to date. What are the requirements for pets with regards to the Home Owners Association (laws or regulations) and where is a good / safe place to take your pets for walks.
Wishing you and your pets safe travels and all the best in your new home!