moving-petsIf you’re moving, don’t make your pets an afterthought. Think about how you’re traveling and whether your pets can travel the same way. If you’re driving, will you have room for them in the car? Will you be able to give them food, water and breaks along the way? If you’re flying, can the airline provide safe transport for your pets? United Airlines, for example, lets some animals stay in the cabin, but others have to fly in a separate area. Check your airline’s pet policies before booking.

You also need to check the pet policies of any hotels you plan to patronize. Some hotels allow pets for an extra fee but may have restrictions on breeds. Arrange for a hotel ahead of time to make sure your beloved pet will be allowed.

Other issues will depend on the type of pet you have. Small pets—tiny dogs, cats, ferrets, rabbits and hamsters, for example, can easily travel in a pet carrier. Larger animals, including big dog breeds, may need other arrangements. Reptiles and other animals that are especially sensitive to temperature and humidity issues must have their needs met, as well.

The number of pets is also important. Some animals—ferrets, for example—are very social and should do well sharing a carrier. Other animals may start fighting after a long period spent sharing a small space, even if they normally get along. These animals need to travel separately.

Before you move to another state, talk to your veterinarian about any requirements. Your pets should be up-to-date on vaccines, especially rabies vaccines. You may also need a certificate of health. It’s also important to make sure that your new state does not have any bans on your pet. Ferrets, for example, are illegal in California.

If you’re moving to another country, you absolutely must follow all legal requirements. This will often involve vaccines and a certificate of health. Sometimes a quarantine period is also necessary.

If you cannot provide your pets with a safe travelling experience, get professional help. Various companies specialize in relocating pets, including Pet Movers, Happy Tails Travel and Air Animal.

Once you arrive in your new home, provide your pet with a comfortable area. Nervous pets will benefit from a hiding spot where they can feel secure. Having familiar toys, cages, pet beds and other materials can also help animals adjust.

Moving may be stressful for you, but don’t make it stressful for your pets. And, to reduce your stress, moving insurance is a good idea to safeguard household goods and valuables while in transit. Learn more about moving insurance or truck rental insurance.