May 24, 2024 The Newspaper Serving LGBT Los Angeles

Thinking About Moving? Think About Your Pets First

Moving to a new home is no easy task, especially if you have pets. In general, they aren’t too fond of routine changes. However, if you do your best to ease the transition, you’ll surely relieve some of the stress involved with it. Follow the tips provided Oz Moving, a Los Angeles Moving Company, to ensure your furry friend gets used to its new environment in no time.

It goes without saying that your new home and neighborhood need to be suitable for your pet. For instance, if you have an energetic puppy that needs to go outside often, a small and cramped apartment on the 8th floor of the building might not be the best idea. Similarly, a cat will need a lot of vertical space for exploring. All in all, you should consider every factor before making any plans or reservations.

1. Check the Local Laws

Every state/country has its own laws regarding the number and type of pets you can have, as well as their import from other countries. In addition, most countries require your pet to be vaccinated and microchipped. To avoid inconveniences and delays, get yourself familiar with these laws. Also, make sure you’ve gathered all the mandatory documents before taking off.

2. Transportation

You should also think about your pet when making transportation plans. Some transportation means aren’t pet-friendly, such as the bus and metro. Also, not every taxi driver will allow an animal inside their vehicle. Thus, you should give them a call and check their stance on pets beforehand.

In addition, if you’re traveling by plane, contact the airline company to see if there are any additional rules regarding pets you might have missed. For instance, they might require your pet to stay in the cargo area because of its size, which is problematic for pets with separation anxiety. If that’s the case, you should definitely consider another airline or even another form of transportation.

Your best bet might be to contact pet relocation services, such as PetRelocation and IPATA. Although they might be pricey, these services are well worth the investment, ensuring your pet gets the finest treatment possible. 

3. Acquire a Pet Carrier

Whatever type of transportation you opt for in the end, you should purchase a carrier for your pet. Make sure its size is suitable for your pet — it should be neither too big nor too small. To figure out what size crate you should get, measure your pet’s length and height and add a few inches on both sides.

Your job’s not done there, though. Before moving day comes, you should get your pet used to being in the crate. You should make sure the pet associates it with things they like. That way, they’ll have something familiar to cling to and the change of environment might not be as abrupt as it would otherwise be.

Start by leaving the carrier out and allowing your pet to explore it. Then, try giving it food, water and treats when it enters the carrier. Finally, add their favorite blanket and toys for even more comfort. If your pet is anxious by nature, you might also want to cover the carrier during transport to make it less overwhelming for them.

4. Ask Your Vet for Advice

One of the most important steps you need to take before moving with a pet is visiting the vet, especially if your pet has chronic health problems. For one, the vet will determine if your pet is even eligible for travel. They’ll also ensure that your pet gets all the shots and has all the documents before the trip.

What’s more, the vet can help you figure out the safest way to transport your pet. They’ll give you some useful advice and relieve some of your concerns. They could also prescribe anti-anxiety medication for your pet to ease some of the stress during transit. After moving, find a new vet as soon as possible in order to update your pet’s microchip info, i.e. address and phone number.

5. When Moving Day Arrives…

When the time comes to start packing, you should keep your pets in a separate area, preferably somewhere quiet and far away from all the action. Even better, they could stay in a kennel for the day, or with your friend or relative. Also, try to maintain their routine as much as possible — feed and walk them as you typically would.

The same rules apply when you arrive at your destination and start unpacking. Even if your pet seems unbothered by the change, don’t let them out of the carrier right away. Keep them in a tranquil area for a while and let them adjust to the environment first.

After that, you can let them explore the room and eventually the whole house. However, make sure the windows and doors are closed to prevent them from running away and getting lost in an unfamiliar neighborhood.

Don’t be surprised if your pet acts weird during the next couple of days. For instance, cats have a tendency of “disappearing” for a while, hiding and sleeping in closets and other secluded areas of the house. 

6. Moving with Fish and Birds, and Other Pets

As any kind of change could be stressful, even lethal for fish, traveling is definitely not recommended. Provided that the trip lasts less than an hour, you can transport the fish in bags or buckets filled with their tank water. You’ll also need to secure them in place to prevent falling over or rolling around in the vehicle, perhaps by placing them in a safe container.

Much like you would with a cat or any other animal, you should keep your pet bird away from all the commotion. Also, you’ll have to acquire an appropriate carrier to make sure it travels safely. While a cardboard box might be acceptable for short trips, such as to the vet, longer trips require special carriers designed to prevent injury. In addition, consider bringing some fresh fruit to comfort your pet bird during transit.

Bottom Line

Although moving is quite stressful for both you and your pet, it’s oftentimes unavoidable. After all, permanent separation from your furry companion is not an option. Thus, you might as well accept it, doing your best to make your pet feel comfortable and safe during the moving process.

in Life, NEWS
Related Posts

UCLA Police Chief Reassigned After Assault on Palestine Solidarity Encampment

May 22, 2024

May 22, 2024

Acting Chief Named as John Thomas Reassigned to Other Duties on Monday By Dolores Quintana In the aftermath of the...

(Video) The Long Awaited Opening of @Something About Her. The line was down the block for most of the day. Huge success

May 22, 2024

May 22, 2024

If you look closely you can see the owners in the video, who were so very gracious and genuine to...

Off-Duty West Bureau LAPD Officer Arrested for Assault with a Deadly Weapon

May 22, 2024

May 22, 2024

Officer Taken Into Custody in Westchester, Internal Affairs is Investigating An off-duty Los Angeles police officer was arrested Tuesday for...

UC Workers’ Strike Intensifies Amid Unresolved Labor Disputes

May 22, 2024

May 22, 2024

University of California Refuses to Attempt to Resolve ULPs The California Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) has urged the University...

LAPD, DEA, and Postal Service to Investigate Actor Matthew Perry’s Death

May 22, 2024

May 22, 2024

Authorities to Probe How Perry Obtained Ketamine Found in His System. The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) has launched an...

Venice Canal Attack Victim’s Condition Takes a Tragic Turn

May 22, 2024

May 22, 2024

CD 11 City Councilmember Traci Park Releases Statement The devastating news that one of the two women who were brutally...

City Files Lawsuit Against Motel Owners For Allegedly Allowing Drug Activity

May 22, 2024

May 22, 2024

A Court Order Could Close the Motel for One Year and Require Changes to Management By Zach Armstrong A lawsuit has...

(Video) 2024 Take Action Campaign Happening Now

May 21, 2024

May 21, 2024

More Information at takeactionla.com @smmirrornews Take Action Campaign is happening now throughout LA County #mentalhealth #losangeles #fyp #california #wellbeing #health...

Father-Son Duo RSG Janitorial Services Finds Joy In Serving Customers

May 21, 2024

May 21, 2024

Finding handymen and janitorial services can be a hard pick. RSG Janitorial Services, based in Los Angeles, offers a mix...

LA Pride 2024 Announces George Takei, Cassandro, and Kristin Crowley as Grand Marshals

May 21, 2024

May 21, 2024

Celebrate “Power in Pride” with live broadcasts, a block party, and special events This year’s LA Pride Parade will celebrate...

West Hollywood Hosts Open House for New Street Design Concept Plan

May 21, 2024

May 21, 2024

Learn About Upcoming Street Improvements Aimed at Enhancing Safety The City of West Hollywood invites community members to attend an...

Target Slashes Prices on 5,000 Everyday Items for Summer Savings

May 21, 2024

May 21, 2024

Consumers to Enjoy Reduced Prices on Essentials Starting Now Target Corporation announced on Monday it will lower the everyday regular...

Los Angeles County Rent Relief Program Opens Second Round of Applications

May 20, 2024

May 20, 2024

Applications Accepted Until June 4, Funding and Support Have Been Increased  The Los Angeles County Rent Relief Program (LARRP) has...

Detectives Seek Public’s Help to Locate Attilio Brillembourg, Stepfather of Greek Princess

May 20, 2024

May 20, 2024

Stepfather of Princess Tatiana of Greece is Missing in Malibu Detectives from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department are seeking...

Cynthia Erivo, Mickalene Thomas, and MUNA Honored at Star-Studded Event

May 19, 2024

May 19, 2024

Los Angeles LGBT Center Gala Raises $1.6M for LGBTQ+ Services The Los Angeles LGBT Center raised $1.6 million at its...