Moving With Pets - Tips For A Smooth Relocation
Published on: August 11, 2015 | Author: Starwood Animal Transport
Moving with pets is a very different exercise than moving people and “stuff.” While the process of organizing your family and belongings can be a multi-tasking wonder, your beloved four-legged family members add a new dimension to relocation that can be both daunting and frustrating. However, if you take the right steps ahead of time, you can look forward to a (pretty) smooth move.
The thing is, nothing is more important than your pets. You may be willing to make compromises for your own portion of the move, but no pet owner wants to give their pup or kitty a second-rate experience. Moving with pets across the country can be an involved procedure, but an international relocation can go off the charts in complexity. Start planning early.
There are three key components to moving with pets – finding a place to live in your new locale, making travel arrangements and getting settled in at the other end of your journey.
Where to live
Are your pets a good match for your new location? You want them to be as happy and comfortable as they are now, but occasionally an international relocation isn’t the best option for Rex or Fluffy. If your pets are older or not in good health, they may not be up to the move. Is the climate where you’re going suitable for your type of dog? If it’s all good, then let’s talk about finding a place to live in your new home.
It’s likely you’ll be renting. If you have not rented with pets before, you may be surprised to learn that many potential landlords don’t love your pets as you do. This can be due to differing cultural norms as well as landlord-specific concerns about noise or damage. Even pet-friendly rentals do not always allow both dogs and cats. Or they may have breed or weight restrictions, or limit the total number of pets you can have. Start making a list of questions you need to ask, so you can find the perfect new abode.
You’ll probably have to pay a deposit to rent with pets. It may be hefty, and it may not be refundable. Some landlords also charge higher monthly rent for pets. You might consider obtaining references attesting to the fact that your dog and/or cat is a good neighbor.
Just how “pet-friendly” is the potential rental? Will your pets have a fenced backyard where they can relieve themselves and get fresh air? A balcony where they can sit and survey their new universe? If not, you’ll want to investigate local exercise and play options for your dog before making any decisions.
This could easily be the most convoluted part of moving with pets. Do not wait until you’ve landed a place to live to start planning your pets’ travel. Regardless where an international move takes you, you’ll need several pieces of documentation – one or more health certificates, proof of rabies vaccination and so on. Many countries require more immunizations and tests or treatments, including proof that your pet’s rabies vaccination is working – a test that requires considerable time to incubate in the lab.
Each of these things has a specific timeframe associated with it, so making a to-do calendar will help you keep track of everything and ensure nothing slip by. The consequences of not having the proper paperwork can be devastating, and it’s a problem that is entirely preventable. This is why you want to learn exactly what is needed and then get with your vet as soon as possible.
You can find a great deal of information online about what is “required” when moving with pets to wherever you’re headed. Unfortunately, you have no way of knowing if the information you find is accurate or up-to-date.
Rex and Fluffy may be a bit out of sorts initially, due to the trauma of separation and sensory overload on their journey. Putting their bedding (not too much) in their flight kennel will make them less stressed and give them an instant feeling of home when they arrive. Pack a favorite toy and some of their usual food, to help ease the transition. And give them extra smooches and play time so they know the family is still together, just in a new place.
The only way to be confident you’re doing the right thing for your pets is to work with an international pet transport company. They are professional experts. They know the correct rules, because they use them every day. They can smooth the way for moving with pets when it comes to documentation, obtaining an approved kennel for each pet and – this is critical – making flight arrangements that assure your pets’ comfort and safety. Whew! Make that call now.
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