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Tips for Moving with Your Pet – Santa Fe Real Estate

Moving to a new home is stressful enough for humans, who understand what is happening. Pets can only sense that a change to their comfortable life is on the horizon, and they can actually be more anxious about a move than we are. Here are a few tips to make the transition to a new home as smooth and safe as possible for your pet, whether you are moving just across town, out of or into a new Santa Fe home, or all the way across the globe.

Vet check – Before the big day, get a complete vet check for your pet. Having your regular vet examine your pet will be more comfortable for your pet, and assure that you can have the safest trip possible. Consider talking to your vet about the potential need for medication for pets who don’t like to travel, or have motion sickness. Be sure to find a vet in your new location before the move, and bring all records with you for a seamless transition.

Travel bag – Like an easy access carry on for yourself, be sure to bring necessities for your pet, including extra food, medications, first aid items, litter and familiar toys. Some pets do well to travel with a shirt worn by their owner the day before, to give them a “scents” of security. Be sure to keep a recent photo of your pet, in case you are separated for any reason on your trip.

New Laws & Regulations – Pet laws and ordinances vary by state, city and even neighborhood. Talk to local police, animal control, humane organizations or your homeowners’ association to learn about leash laws, vaccine requirements, restrictive breed laws, noise ordinances or other regulations that may affect your pet.

Air travel – Air travel with your pet can be an extra stressful way to move with your pet, but sometimes it cannot be avoided. Plan any air travel with your pet as far in advance as possible. Ask the airline about approved carriers and extra costs for your pet. You will need to determine with the airline if your pet can travel with you in the cabin, in the baggage area, or in a temperature-controlled hold area. (In the winter months, it is very important to confirm the temperature of the travel area for your pet.) If you are traveling out of the country with your pet, visit the USDA’s website for any further requirements.

Car travel – Invest in a safe restraint for your pet during your move by car, to ensure a great move day. Cats, who especially dislike car travel, do best in a carrier. You can try a seat harness or restraint for your dog. Give your pet a while to get accustomed to the new restraint, but trying it on short trips around town.  Be sure to make advance reservations at pet-friendly accommodations if your move into your new home will take more than one day. You can search online for pet friendly lodging at sites like PetsWelcome.com, but be sure to confirm that your choice of accommodation has not changed its pet policy.

Moving day safety – On the day you move out of one house or into another, try to keep your pet in a safe, quiet location.  A crate in the bathroom may be the safest and coziest for your pet. Put a “Do Not Disturb” sign on the door, and keep a regular feeding and walking schedule to reduce any extra stress of the day.

Get pet used to new home – At your new home, it’s best to keep your pet on leash and watch them when outside. If not moving far from home, pet may try to return to old house. Let new owners know your new contact info and a picture of pet in case. Keep cats in one or two rooms to start out with, with their food, water, toys and litter box with them. Be sure to complete a pet-proofing check of your new home for any potential means of escape or injury.

Update contact info – Get a new Pet ID tag with your new contact information as soon as possible. If your dog is microchipped, make sure to inform the company of your new address and phone number.

Your move can be smooth and exciting for you, your family and your pets. Contact me if you would like more moving day information, including checklists.

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