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Chapter 8:

Moving Pets and Plants

Moving pets and plants to new location is not an easy task, even if you move just few blocks away. The following topics will help you move your pets and plants safely to their new home:

  1. Preparing your pet for the move

  2. Driving with your pet

  3. Flying your pet

  4. Animal transport services

  5. Moving your house plants

  6. Moving your garden plants

 

Preparing your pet for the move

When preparing your pet for the move be aware of the following issues:

Veterinarian: Don't forget to schedule an appointment with your veterinarian. Your pet should have a check-up before moving. Be sure to attain your pet's veterinary records so that they can be forwarded to your new veterinarian. Make sure you carry copies of the records with you during the move.

Travel Carrier: If you plan to move your pet, you may need to purchase a pet travel carrier for the trip. The carrier should be large enough for the pet to stand, turn around and lie down in. The carrier should have ample ventilation, a good bottom lining, and a secure door closing.

ID Tag: When moving your dog or cat make sure it is wearing an ID tag bearing its name, your name and new address, and a phone number to call in case of emergency.

Fish: If you plan to move your fish visit your local aquarium or pet shop and ask for special fish containers. They should be able to offer suggestions on how to transport different types of fish and other aquatic animals.

Restrictions on pets: Certain localities may have strict requirements or restrictions regarding pet ownership. Once you've made the decision to move to a new home, you will need to do some research. Some communities have local regulations regarding number and types of pet's allowed, leash laws, etc., and you may need permits or registrations. Call the city or town hall and ask for the bureau of licenses.

Pet Resume: You might need to prepare a pet resume for prospective landlords, if your new home will be rented. Ask your veterinarian for a referral letter.

Moving Day: Keep your pet calm and away from all the activity on moving day by arranging with a friend to watch him at their house. If you plan to keep you pet close to you prepare a room for your pet to stay at during the move. Clear a room of all furniture and other belongings and close your pet in with food, water and a favorite toy or two. Your pet still might not be happy, but you'll know where it is, and that it's safe.

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Driving with your pet

If you move your pets by car your dog or cat may find car travel extremely distressing. Make sure to stop frequently to allow your pet to exercise and relieve itself. There are several things you should plan on taking with you on moving day:

Cats: Cats should always be kept in a carrier during auto travel. Since cats don't usually adjust to auto travel the way dogs do, it might be a good idea to have your vet prescribe a mild tranquilizer.

Hotels: Long distance moves may require an overnight stop. Remember to call hotels in advance to make sure that they will allow your pet to stay in the hotel.

Parking: If you move your pet by car, never leave him unattended in a parked car. This is especially true during the hot summer months, when the temperature in your car can rise to 120 degrees.

Small Pets: Smaller animals, such as hamsters and birds, can easily be transported by car with you. Make sure there is plenty of food and water and cover the cage with a cloth to keep them calm.

State Inspections: If moving your pet by car, be aware that some states conduct border inspections or random inspections by highway patrol officers. Just to be on the safe side, check the regulations of every state you plan to pass through.

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Flying your pet

If you plan to fly your pet, make your flight arrangements far in advance and try to book a direct flight. Many airlines have restrictions on the total number of pets allowed onboard for any one flight. You may also be surprised to find that some airlines don't allow pets at all. Expect to pay a fee for your pets travel accommodations.

Airline Restrictions: If you plan to fly your pet, find out any restrictions that may apply. Call the airline's reservations number and ask if you'll be able to bring your pet onboard as a carry-on. This is highly preferable when compared against the alternative of checking your pet in the planes cargo hold.

Health Certificate: Plan to visit your veterinarian within 30 days prior to your flight. Most airlines require an up-to-date health certificate. Different countries and states may also have their own requirements, so make sure to check in with the proper authorities before your trip.

Pet Container: You may use your own pet container for your pet if it meets airline regulations. If it doesn't, the airline will provide one for you.

Dogs: If you plan to fly your dog, always take him for a long walk before the trip. Never feed your pet too much before the flight.

Sedation: Usually, your pet will need to be sedated before flying. However, do not sedate your pet if it is not absolutely necessary.

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   4. Animal transport services

   5. Moving your house plants

   6. Moving your garden plants


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