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Long Distance Movers Offer Travel Pointers for Your Pooch

Long distance movers recommend giving pets frequent stops and plenty of exercise during the journey to your new home.

Long distance movers recommend giving pets frequent stops and plenty of exercise during the journey to your new home.

Moving is a family affair. That includes members with two legs and four. Our professional long distance movers want to ensure your move is smooth for everyone involved, so we’ve come up with some pointers to help you prepare for the big day.

Our pets are creatures of habit. They like a routine, and when that routine gets disrupted, it can lead to things like: 

  • Stress
  • Erratic behaviour
  • Illness

Fortunately, most families don’t tend to move that often, and when they do, the upheaval is temporary. You can mitigate the stress your pets experience during this process by following a few simple steps.

 

Set Aside Personal Space

Dogs have this uncanny ability to sense when something is amiss. As soon as they see you pull out suitcases and start packing boxes, they know something is up. 

Whether packing is part of your moving services, or you’re doing it yourself, it will help minimize stress if you set aside some space for your pet.

 

Traveling with Pets

Long distance movers don’t offer pet moving services. You’ll either need to transport them in your own vehicle or fly with them. 

If you intend to fly, check with the airline you’re traveling with, as each one has its own policies regarding pets. And while flying might be the fastest option, it can also be the most stressful for pets.

If you intend to drive, there are a number of things you can do to alleviate anxiety:

  • Make sure your animal is safely contained (carrier, harness etc.)
  • Give them enough space to stretch and sleep
  • Stop frequently so they can do their business
  • Give them plenty of exercise to relieve built-up energy
  • Provide toys, blankets and other familiar items
  • Pack plenty of water and their usual brand of food

If your journey calls for an overnight stay along the way, many hotels these days offer pet-friendly rooms.

 

Visit Your Vet

Most pets dislike vet visits, but it’s a good idea to book an appointment before you travel. Your vet will be able to tell you:

  • If they’re healthy enough to travel
  • How to keep your pet calm while traveling
  • If vaccinations are up to date

Furthermore, if you’re moving internationally, you’ll likely need to provide up-to-date medical records for your pet in order to bring it into the country.

 

Bring Pet ID

In the event that your dog escapes during your trip, you will increase your chances of finding it by ensuring it’s readily identifiable. You can do this by updating your dog tags with current contact information, or by micro-chipping it. 

Once you’ve arrived at your new home, check with your local municipality about dog license requirements. 

For other safety tips, read: 4 Long Distance Moving Tips to Stay Safe in Your New Home.

 

For accurate moving quotes and a full range of professional moving services, talk to the long distance movers at Bekins Moving & Storage.

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