Congratulations — you landed the job of your dreams! Your plans are set. You’ve lined up a place to live. You’re all packed and ready to go. But, what about your pet? Whether it’s a dog, cat, a tiny gerbil or a six-foot boa constrictor, it’s an important member of the family, and you need to make some plans.
Will you leave your pet with family or friends, or take it with you? If your pet will be going along, you need to consider its comfort and safety now.
As a first step, take your pet to the veterinarian for a check-up to make sure it’s healthy and ready to make the trip. Make sure all vaccinations are current and ask for a copy of your pet’s medical records to take with you. Ask your vet for any recommendations on finding a good vet at your new location.
If travel is by air, ask the airline about any restrictions or liability limitations. Make sure your pet has proper identification including your name, address and phone number. If you have a personal 800 number, include it. If you don’t, add the words “call collect.” This information should be attached to your pet’s collar and the carrier in which your pet will be traveling.
If you’re traveling by car, limit the time you leave your pet unattended in a vehicle. In warm weather, crack the windows slightly to allow for ventilation. Always keep your pet in a carrier and keep the water bowl filled.
Ready, Set, Go
The Internet has many websites devoted to pet travel. Choose one you feel comfortable with.
Some planning and preparation now will ensure that your pet will arrive at your new destination healthy and happy.Pet Relocation 101 by Harrison Barnes