Our pets are as much a part of our families and anyone, and moving with pets can be stressful on them for a number of reasons, including the actual transit itself, as well as being taken from their familiar surroundings into new and unknown territory. With a few suggestions, moving properly with pets can maintain both their health and their happiness, and be a positive experience for all parties involved.

As you prepare to move, schedule a veterinary examination to check your pet's health, ensure vaccinations are up to date, identification tags are current, and to discuss any precautionary measures that may be necessary for the trip. If traveling to your new home by car, make sure your pet is comfortable with auto travel, perhaps by going on several short trips around the neighborhood. Do not feed your pets just prior to the trip – a full stomach, combined with anxiety, may not be conducive to keeping your car sanitary. Always bring fresh, cool water, and if the journey permits, stop frequently for walks and other business. If you plan to stop at a motel or hotel for the night, make sure the facility allows pets, as you should never leave your pet alone in the vehicle for any length of time.

Depending on the type of animal involved, cages or kennels may be required. The family dog may be content riding in the back of the minivan, while others may not take happily to the open road. You do not want a frightened cat underfoot as your drive down the Interstate! Birds and small pets such as hamsters or lizards should travel in their cages, and the cage can be placed in a stable, well ventilated area free of drafts. Partially covering the cage with a towel or blanket while the car is moving often calms an animal as well. Let your pet get accustomed to the kennel well in advance of the trip, and mark the kennel with "Live Animal," your pet's name, your new address and phone number and any special handling instructions – just in case.

With pet moving tips from Hedberg Moving Solutions, you and your pet can enjoy a positive relocation experience. The safety and health of your pet is most important during any move, so be sure that these two aspects are first and foremost in your mind. We are here to make your move as easy as possible – in every way!

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