As one of the largest moving brokerages in the country, All State Van Lines Relocation knows that moving to a new home can be stressful for anyone. But managing a pet during a move can make the situation even more overwhelming. With a little consideration and planning, however, it doesn’t have to be difficult on your pets. In a recent interview, All State Van Lines Relocation experts offered tips to make the move a breeze.
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Community Blog: Moving is ranked just behind death and divorce in terms of life’s most stressful events. How can individuals make it a little easier, especially those moving with pets?
All State Van Lines Relocation: In a perfect world we’d all plan ahead, but the reality is we’re busy with work and life, and the next thing you know you have seven days to get ready and moved. While it’s important to be flexible, individuals might consider planning a few simple things to make life easier on move day.
Community Blog: What does All State Van Lines Relocation recommend that pet owners include in this plan?
All State Van Lines Relocation: Managing a dog on moving day can add to the stress. The pet may try to skirt through every open door or just simply get in the movers’ way. Ask a friend to watch your pets or consider boarding them for the day. All State Van Lines Relocation highly recommends a kennel on moving day.
Community Blog: But this can add to the already high expense of moving, right?
All State Van Lines Relocation: True, but the money spent is a good investment in reducing your overall stress. Besides, if your pet gets hurt during the move, you could be faced with a much higher vet bill.
Community Blog: Speaking of the vet, is it necessary to see one before a long-distance move?
All State Van Lines Relocation: If your pet is traveling by air, you will probably need a health certificate from the vet, and there may be a time requirement.
Community Blog: Do pet laws vary from state to state?
All State Van Lines Relocation: Yes, but most states require a rabies vaccination. In fact, all but four states require dogs to have rabies inoculation, and a number have the same regulation for cats.
Community Blog: What should you bring if you are driving with your pet?
All State Van Lines Relocation: Make sure you have a pet travel kit ready and easily accessible during the trip.
Community Blog: What should go inside a pet travel kit?
All State Van Lines Relocation: Food, water dishes, blankets, toys, a few treats, paper towels, and poop bags.
Community Blog: Can pets get car sick?
All State Van Lines Relocation: Yes, dog motion sickness is real; however, it is most commonly seen in puppies and young dogs.
Community Blog: This can be a problem for those driving long distance. What is a good way to prevent car sickness?
All State Van Lines Relocation: One thing that may help your dog’s motion sickness is to lower your car windows a couple of inches while the car is moving. Also, be sure to keep the car cool and well ventilated.
Community Blog: How often should you take potty breaks?
All State Van Lines Relocation: Like people, pets need breaks, too. Many vets recommend taking a break every three hours.
Community Blog: What if you need to stop overnight?
All State Van Lines Relocation: If you’re going to stay anywhere overnight, make sure you know which hotels are pet friendly. Make your reservations early to make sure you can bring your pet and get one of the rooms designated for pet owners.
Community Blog: What should pet owners do at the new location in terms of safety for their pet?
All State Van Lines Relocation: Go over your new yard very carefully and make sure it’s dog- or cat-proof, which means there are no harmful items or chemicals, the gates close, the fence is secure, and your pets can’t escape.
Community Blog: How can you help your pet speed up having that “at home” feeling?
All State Van Lines Relocation: Use the pet’s familiar food and water dishes, bed, blanket, toys, and so forth. Try to put them in the same sort of location as they were in the old home.
All State Van Lines Relocation is one of the largest full-service moving brokers in the country. All State Van Lines Relocation specializes in long distance moving, residential moving, and corporate moves.