We at U.Santini Moving and storage love animals. we even have our own company dog. Lola.
We always take extra care when moving our clients pets. Have a pet to move? Check out our simple to follow “How to move your pets safely?” to do list. Your pets will thank you…
Moving is stressful not only for you and your family, but your pets as well. Just as you must become hyper vigilant with small children when taking them into a new situation or area, the same is true of your animals, but with a twist. Whether you are moving to Manhattan, moving to Brooklyn, relocating to Queens, moving to the Bronx or Staten Island, Here are 10 basic tips to keep in mind as you prepare your move.
1. Provide your pet with a carrier or cage they can be kept in during the many phases of the move. Providing them with a place away from movers will prevent fearful or aggressive behavior from causing problems. Keeping your pet in a secured kennel will also prevent them from being able to run out a door.
1. Do not wait until the day of the move to get them used to being in a kennel if they have never been in one before. Take the cage out a week or more in advance and gradually have them spend more time in it. This is also good advice when it comes to riding in the car if you are planning on driving long distances to your new residence.
2. Be sure to keep a collar with updated ID tag on your dog or cat, even if you intend to keep them in a kennel the entire time. It is also strongly recommended that you microchip your pets. Collars are a quick way for someone to contact you in the event that you become separated from your companion, but collars can also slip off.
3. Be familiar with where veterinary facilities are, especially emergency facilities should something arise that requires your pet to have immediate medical attention. This can be especially difficult if you are planning a move that takes you out of state.
4. Pack a travel bag for your animals, just as you would for yourself or your family members. Include in their bag food, water, bowls, extra leash, litter, medications, toys and treats. If there is a special towel, blanket, or bed that he/she uses it is a good idea to have it easily accessible, this helps with transition and easing traveling anxiety.
5. For pets with multiple possessions: a great moving tip is to keep all their things in one central location/box. When you arrive at your final destination it is then a simple matter to unpack their belongings and get them situated.
6. Schedule a veterinary appointment before you move. Let your regular veterinarian know where you will be moving to, especially if it is to another state and request copies of your pet’s medical records.
7. By letting your veterinarian know where you will be moving to, they are able to provide you with medical advice if there are specific health concerns to the region you are going to. This may mean your pet will need additional vaccines or begin treatment for fleas, ticks, or heartworms if not already started on this regime.
8. If your moving plans include a flight with your pet, you will need to get a health certificate you’re your veterinarian before they will be allowed to fly. A health certificate will require the pet to be free from contagious disease and up to date on vaccines.
9. A flea treatment is also a good idea if you currently do not give them flea drops. This is precautionary if you plan to stay in a hotel or drive long distances to your new residence.
10. Make arrangements in advance for the care and transportation of your animals if you plan to move first and they will follow later.
11. Moving out of state may require you to outline a plan of where you will stop every night. Booking hotels can be tricky because not all are pet friendly. Travel during the summer season can present its own difficulties because hotels can quickly fill up and have no rooms to offer.
12. Driving with your animals may necessitate you to develop a way to let your dog out to go to the bathroom. Always keep your dog on a leash during these times, regardless of how well trained they may be.
13. Your animals will often need more rest stops than you, keep this in mind.
14. Transporting during especially warm or cold weather will also need you to take extra considerations.
15. Reptiles may need heat packs to keep them warm during cold months.
16. Hot days will need a functional A/C and never leaving the animals alone in the vehicle.
17. Carry a specialty first aid kit for your pets in case of an emergency. These can be purchased over-the-counter, or you can put one together yourself with items you have in your home.
18. Once you have gotten to your destination, make setting up your pet’s area one of your priorities.
U.Santini Moving and storage are always around to make that trek easier and stress free, whether you are moving with pets or without, U.Santini moving and storage is here to advise and help you with all of your moving questions. If you are looking for an affordable and trustworthy mover that is fast, efficient, local and knows the city well. Don’t hesitate to call us at 718-768-6778. Lola will be happy you called…
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