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       Basic Guidelines for Moving with Pets

       Pet travel kit

       Warnings when moving with pets

       Air transportation with pets

       Checklist for air travel

       Pets traveling by vehicle

       Checklist for car travel

       Travel bags and accessories for your pet

       Pet ID tags

       Moving with dogs

       Moving with cats
       Moving with birds

       Moving with small pets

       Moving with horses

       Moving with reptiles

       Moving with fish

       Pets and your new community

       Government laws and regulations about pets

       Arriving at home after the move

       A New Veterinarian

       Checklist for Choosing a New Veterinarian

       Miscellaneous Pet Moving Information

Moving with dogs

Some dogs are very comfortable with traveling in a car, and even look forward to going for a ride. However, travel for a long distance, whether by air or by car and especially when the end of the trip means a new home can be a whole different situation.

Since dogs are especially susceptible to motion sickness, discuss obtaining an appropriate medication for this purpose with your veterinarian. For dogs that become anxious during long trips, sedatives and tranquilizers may also be prescribed. Additionally, don’t feed your dog for at least three and up to twelve hours prior to a long trip.

If you are traveling by air, your dog will benefit from travel arrangements that provide for a direct flight. This will prevent unnecessary time away from you and limit the stress your dog experiences during the travels.

Have your dog’s nails trimmed prior to traveling, as nervous dogs frequently resort to scratching behaviors. This will limit damage to the travel carrier and will also prevent the dog from harming itself.

If you are traveling by car with your dog, keep it in its crate and don’t allow the dog to put its head out the window. This practice is very dangerous and can result in illness and injury. Don’t leave your dog unattended in the car for any periods of time, especially under hot or cold weather conditions.

After you have completed your travels, try to help your dog become familiarized with its new home as quickly as possible. Resume the usual schedule of feeding, walking, and exercise, and take extra care to get your dog used to its new home when conditions are very different; for example, if your old home had a big yard and your new home has none, take your dog to the park to play and walk.

Your dog may need some time to adjust after the stress of the move. Don’t panic if some accidents occur during the first few days of adjusting, as your dog will most likely stop this behavior after it has gotten used to the new living arrangements. Give your dog words of encouragement for going potty in the right place when he does so.

Just as you will do for yourself, you should arrange a comfortable sleeping area for your dog immediately upon arrival at the new home. Additionally, set up food and water bowls in their new location when you arrive. This will help your dog to adjust more quickly and easily and to establish its new routine.

At your new home, do a quick safety check to ensure that both the outdoor and indoor areas are dog friendly. If there is a fenced-in yard, check to make sure that the fence is in good condition and that it is free of damaged areas that may allow your dog to escape. Make sure that the yard is free of hazards that could be dangerous to your pet.