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Things to Think About Before the Move
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Before you begin the moving process, you should find an office or organization you can contact in your new location regarding animal laws in the area. A lot of smaller metropolitan areas have specific rules and zoning laws that don’t allow residents to keep certain animals as pets. For example, some areas do not allow the keeping of chickens, goats, or pigs, as these animals tend to spread germs and infectious diseases easier than other animals due to the way they eat and excrete. Some condominiums or shared-living buildings might not allow pets of any kind. Usually, animals such as lizards, spiders, snakes, or rats are not allowed in buildings such as these because they pose an increased health risk.
Animals such as wolves, monkeys, and large cats will require you to have a special permit in order to keep them. Licensing might also be required for these animals. Again, it is smart to check with local agencies prior to moving, as some may require that such animals are kept in confinement or on a leash at all times.
After you have confirmed that your pets are allowed in your new location, request copies of the animal’s health certifications from your vets office. Make sure to retain a copy of this for your records, and give it to the new veterinarian as well, so they can be sure to give the best care to your pet as possible. Make sure to take photos of the pet before you begin moving them. These can be handy in the event that the pet is misplaced during transit.
In addition to the health paperwork and photographs, you should be sure to have a Certificate of Health that is less than 14 days old. Many states mandate these certificates for dogs, while others may require you to have them for your cat, reptile, or bird also. These certificates can be received from any veterinarian that is licensed.
You will also need to acquire a permit in order to allow your pet entrance to the new state you are moving to. A veterinarian can also help you with this.
Lastly, you should be sure to have proper forms of identification.No matter what your method of travel will be, make sure that any collar-wearing animal has an identification tag on. This tag should clearly show the name of the animal, as well as your name and contact information, and the destination address. If you have a bird, you can purchase a leg band that has the same forms of identification included. While this varies from place to place, some states require that your pet has a rabies tag.
The method in which you choose to move your pet varies depending on where you are moving to. There are some services available that specialize in moving pets, while some people prefer to do it themselves. Household goods movers are not allowed to move any living animal, and you cannot take the pet via bus or train either. Service animals are the only exception to this.
If you are moving a long distance, then you are most likely going to get to the new destination via air travel. If you are bringing your pet on the plane with you, then you must invest in a large and durable pet carrier. This carrier must be large enough to allow your pet to sit, stand, turn their body, and lay down flat. It must also have an adequate amount of ventilation, as well as a secured bottom portion with a couple sheets of absorbency lining or pet pads. Do not place a lock on the kennel, as USDA and IATA require that your pet is accessible during an emergency. Many airlines allow you to rent a carrier for up to two days, but you can also purchase approved ones from a pet shop if you’d prefer. You must make sure that the airline allows animals before all else. Airlines may allow you to have your animal in the cabin with you so long as they are in a container that meets the same guidelines as the pet carriers above, and are able to fit under the seat. In order to travel in the cabin with you, the animal must not omit any foul odors or make loud noises. Pets that are not in direct proximity to their owner or that are oversized are likely required to be in the freight section of the plane. Many conventional airlines allow cats, dogs, fish, and birds in the freight area, but more exotic or venomous animals might not be allowed on the plane at all.
Try to keep the stress on your pet at a minimum by avoiding connecting flights and other changes in pace during this time. You might be required to take your pet to freight loading as early as 2 hours before the planes departure time.
Make sure to give your pet a small meal at least 6 hours before departure. Do not allow the animal to have any liquids up to 2 hours before the plane departs.
Turtles are the easiest pets to move, as they do not require a lot of care or maintenance during the move. In fact, they can be shipped using overnight mail, so long as the container they are in is marked as fragile, denoted that it contains a live animal, and has a wet rag inside to maintain moisture.
If you choose to transport your pet by car, then things are a bit different. If your pet has never been in a vehicle before, then you should contact your veterinarian to ask whether or not you can get motion-sickness medication for the animal. Also consider using bottled water for the duration of the trip, as changing water sources can cause your pet to become ill. Be sure to stop frequently to allow your pet to relieve themselves and drink water. Only feed your pet once a day for the duration of the trip. Don’t allow your pet to have their heads out the car window. Debris may fly into their nose, mouth, and eyes, which could case an infection or irregularity. Be sure to lock power operated windows to prevent your pet from rolling them down and falling out of the car.
Make an effort to take your pet with you wherever you go, as opposed to leaving them in the vehicle. If they must stay in, then leave windows cracked for air and water within reach.