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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 fish

One of the hardest pets to move with is fish. Your best bet is to give your fish away or sell them before moving and buy new ones at your destination. However, if you are insistent on bringing your fish with you, there are ways around the hazards moving imposes on them.

If you have a very large aquarium, remove the fish and place them in smaller containers prior to the move. Drain the larger container and prepare it for shipping if you plan to take it with you. If you have a smaller aquarium, you can probably take the whole thing with you as is, leaving the fish in their usual environment for the duration of the move.

After removing any heaters and aerators installed in the aquarium, place plastic wrap over the top and secure it firmly. Then place the entire aquarium in a Styrofoam container or a plastic cooler box to help maintain the temperature in the aquarium. This is only a temporary measure, but should help keep the temperature consistent for up to two days. Remove the plastic wrap from the aquarium every three to four hours to allow fresh air to circulate through the fish’s environment.

Don’t leave the aquarium in a car overnight. Temperature changes can be deadly for your fish. If you are planning a long move over several days, purchase a special portable aerator to help keep the aquarium’s water full of fresh oxygen.

When you arrive at your new home, set up your aquarium immediately. Consult with a local pet store about any additional precautionary treatments that may be required due to the stress of the move. Special water additives may be recommended to help your fish recover from any excess jostling or bruising that may have occurred.