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