Animals Move Too (Helping Your Buddies Migrate)

One of the toughest things to orchestrate can be moving your animals. While it’s rather straightforward moving your dogs or cats, other animals can prove much more challenging. In order to make the move as stress-free as possible for your pets, follow these tips.

General Tips: Talk to your vet. He or she will be able to help you understand the different types of stress that your animal may experience during the move, as well as helping you with suggestions on making it as easy on the animal as possible.

Fish Tips: Be sure that your pet’s new home is set up before you move them. For instance, if you are moving fish, you want to make sure that the tank is all set up and ready to go before you move in with them. Read More

Packing Up Your Pets’ Stuff

Moving with pets adds a few extra challenges. There’s transport for the animal or animals to arrange (you can’t just consign your dog or cat to the long distance movers and unpack them at their new home), extra things to box up, and it’s also very important to keep pets out from underfoot on moving day. A friendly Labrador can cause chaos in a room full of busy packers and movers.

The obstacles in your way will depend on what kind of pet you have, so it’s useful to look at the most common types of animal:

Dogs and cats As every pet owner knows, pet blankets can get a little smelly. The can also harbor fleas and flea eggs, so giving dog and cat bedding, toys, and cushions good wash before moving will mean you start with a clean slate in your new home. Use very hot water and make sure you allow plenty of drying time before it all needs to be packed into boxes.

If your pets are traveling with you, make sure to take regular breaks. Let them walk around on a leash (that goes for both dogs and cats) and give them water. It’s also crucially important never to leave a pet in the car while you eat at a diner on a hot day. Cats and dogs can come down with heatstroke very quickly. Get takeout and eat somewhere your pet can sit with you.

The majority of pet products can be packed up and handled by long distance movers, but there are a few items dog and cat owners should put aside and keep with their animals- their regular water bowl, a collar and leash, a favorite toy to keep them happy and occupied, and a little food for the other end of the journey.  Read More

How to Plan Moving With Pets

A move can be trying enough without pets, but with them can be a real hassle. There are a few pitfalls to avoid and quite a few things to remember. Follow these guidelines to ensure both you and your pet arrive at your destination safely.

First of all, if you are traveling a long distance with Flatrate movers, plan your trip carefully. Call ahead if you are using a hotel to verify their pet policy: no sneaking man’s best friend into the room. This could cost you a lot of money if your animal does damage to the room, especially the carpets. Plus, no one wants to wake up to the sound of Fido barking at 4 a.m. because he’s in an unfamiliar place.

Make sure that you have current photos of your pet and that he or she is wearing an ID tag with your new address on it, just in case your pet becomes lost or runs away.  Always use your cell phone number on the ID tags when traveling.  Your home number is useless when on the road and can cost you valuable time.

Next, have all of the health records for your pet. Most states and localities require certain vaccinations and you need to have the documentation on hand.

If your pet is not used to riding in a vehicle, take them out for short trips for a couple of weeks before the actual move. This way they will become accustomed to riding in your car.

If you do not have one, buy an adequately sized carrier for your pet. Letting it run around loose inside the vehicle is dangerous to you and your pet. A carrier should be large enough for the pet to stand up, turn around, and lie down. You should also have room for adequate water. For small pets, such as gerbils, rats and birds, remove the food and water dispensaries before placing their cages in the vehicle to avoid spillage.

If you are able to use a carrier, keep your pet in the back seat (if possible), away from the gear shift, brake and gas pedals. Keep your doors locked and the windows open only for air, never allow your pet hang their head out of the window. Read More