Long Distance Moving with Pets
If you are moving long distance and need to move your pets, there are important factors to consider. Moving long distance with your pets is never simple. There are many considerations that you as a pet owner must think about prior to moving with your pet.
For both cats and dogs, crates and carriers can make traveling much sager. In a car, crates and carriers keep your pets secure, as well as keeping them and you safe. Loose pets can get in the way of the driver, making travel hazardous. Such a crate can be made of plastic or steel or another sturdy material and have a grate that will close to seal the pet inside. For dogs, unless the dog is small, crates should be kept in the very back of a SUV or other utility vehicle or station wagon. Rarely will large dog crates fit into the back seat of cars.
Moving long distance with pets often requires traveling out of the country or to Alaska or Hawaii. Prior to taking any pet to these locations, the owner must have with them a veterinary report no more than 30 days old that states that the pet is in good general health. This form can be very specific, but most vets will have it on file and will fill it out after a general examination. It is always smart to keep a copy of this certificate with your while you travel so that you will be able to produce it if requested.
Length of Trip
Despite your need to move by car with your pet, it might not be the best decision. Many pets, particularly cats, might not be able to withstand long trips in a car and could become sick or possibly pass away due to the stress of long-distance travel. If your pet is sick or elderly, you might consider not traveling with your pet or using alternative traveling methods such as flight.
Sedation of Your Pet
Some vets might recommend sedating your pet prior to moving, particularly if your pet get car sick or highly excitable. Usually, a dose of Benadryl or other over-the-counter medication is suggested, but many vets will offer to write a prescription for sedation. While sedating your pet might make it easier for them to travel because it will make them tired, it might also have the opposite effect where the medicine makes your pet more agitated. Do not sedate your pet without speaking first to your veterinarian.
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