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Moving with pets

As you prepare for your move, you should plan on preliminary preparation for your pet so they too can be well prepared. There are many things you can to do make the move less stressful for your pet. This guide will help make your pet's transition into a new home much easier.

Here are some other pre-move suggestions to help with the move:
Make sure that your petís medical records are up to date. Bring copies of your pet's medical records with you. Depending on where you're moving, know that your pet may need a health certificate or additional vaccinations. Discuss this with your vet. Bring a recent photo of your pet in case he or she gets lost. Purchase a sturdy, comfortable transport carrier, if needed. Purchase a new ID tag for your pet as soon as you know your new address. If you'll be staying in a hotel, find and book pet-friendly hotels in advance.

Pet Moving Tips
If you're traveling by car, keep cats and dogs in carriers large enough to accommodate food and water bowls. Stop about every two hours to give larger pets some fresh air. Be sure to use a leash if you let your cat out. Maintain a comfortable car temperature for all pets, and don't ever leave animals alone in a car on a hot day. Even with the windows cracked, this can be fatal. Birds and other small pets (hamsters, guinea pigs, and the like) are especially susceptible to drafts and heat. Cover cages to keep animals calm and well protected, and remove water bottles except during rest-stop water breaks.

Bird Moving Tips
Birds and small pets such as hamsters can travel by car in their cages, provided the cage is stable, properly ventilated, and protected from drafts. Covering the cage will often help to keep your pet calm.

Moving Fish
It can be very impractical and risky to move fish. Check with your local pet store for recommendations on moving your specific type of fish.