Your pet is much more important to you than any material item you’ll be shipping along in your big move. You’d rather not replace your TV, but it could be done. Pets cannot be replaced and some require more accommodation than others. We know this at Bannister Moving & Storage, and we want to give you some helpful guidelines for transporting your pet, whether you’re reading for your yellow Labrador or for your bearded dragon.
Cats & Dogs
Cats and dogs tend to be about as adaptable to any change in environment as you or I. For this reason, they’re usually easier to move than most other kinds of pets. The main idea for both is to let them get used to the idea before the big day.
For cats, leave their crates around on the floor and let them sort of check it out for themselves. The more familiar they get with it in their comfortable environment, the better they will handle their time in the crate during a long move.
For your dog, you want to stick to the same principle. Most of the time your dog is riding in your car, he or she is heading to less than desirable places, like the groomers or the vet. Take them on more rides leading up to the day of your move. Get them thinking that car rides don’t always mean nightmare.
Reptiles are a little more difficult than cats and dogs. The first thing you want to do is talk to your veterinarian about the best ways to transport your lizard or snake. They will tell you how to recreate their normal environment as effectively as possible during the move and also any state restrictions (for example, venomous reptiles need to be double-boxed, while nonvenomous reptiles can just be in one).
Fish & Aquatic Turtles
Pets that live in water are the most difficult to move. For this reason, you definitely want to consult with your veterinarian to make sure you’re doing the right preparations for moving them. Some do-it-yourself techniques are available, though. Many fish owners place them in small, sealed bags of water individually, then place them in an insulated cooler for the purposes of maintaining a constant water temperature through the duration of the trip.
It is important to consult with your veterinarian if you any uncertainties regarding the transportation of your pets. We want your pets to arrive at your new home safely as much as you do.