While all pet owners understand that pets comes with many responsibilities, there are some facets to that list of responsibility they may fail to consider; moving is one such facet. In an effort to circumvent some common issues with moving with pets, we have provided a quintet of solutions to common errors.
1. Having Outdated Contact Information
Traveling with pets runs the risk of losing track of them. Should this happen, a tagged collar or microchip is a great means to reunion; one benefit of a microchip over a tagged collar is that microchips aren’t external. Further, microchipping your pet is a simple and painless procedure.
2. Improperly Securing Them During Transit
While it is common to let dogs move around in the car, this only compounds the variety of distractions the vehicle’s driver has to deal with. AAA comments that less than one quarter of all drivers secure their dogs within the vehicle. With dogs, it is important to use carriers or harnesses; cats should always be secured within a carrier. Due to the wide variation between breeds, do some research into the best restraint for your particular dog.
3. Failing to Bring the Pet’s Health Certificate With You
If you are looking to fly with your pets, you are required to submit current information on their health. A proper health certificate will give details on the animal’s vaccination, issued by a licensed vet after giving an examination of the animal no earlier than 10 days before traveling; trips planned further out than 10 days may require having another certificate issued and/or contacting the airline to arrange a working solution. You should also familiarize yourself with any regulations your chosen airline may have regarding the health and age of animals cargo before booking.
4. Booking a Flight Without Considering the Animal’s Needs
After securing all of the red tape to fly with your pet as cargo, you should always choose early or late flights. By sticking to these times, you spare your pet from extreme temperatures that can influence its health. Furthermore, you should always choose direct flights in order to minimize the risk a transfer or delay.
5. Having No Idea of Local Veterinary Services
Always expect the unexpected; your trip may be going fine until some freak accident harms your pet or they have a negative reaction to eating something unfamiliar that may necessitate a trip to the vet. Before you head out, do some research and look for a 24-hour animal hospital in the area of your destination. Furthermore, if you have pets that are very young, very old, pregnant, noisy, aggressive or coping with illnesses or wounds, consult your vet before taking them along.