Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Pet Talk

March 23, 2012

Relocating with Pets

CNHI News Service —

The new job is wonderful — the salary is great, and you love the office. However, there happens to be a catch — it requires that you to move to another country. The place is lovely, and it is perfect for your family. But can you take little Fluffy with you? Will she be happy with the new place? Moving is a difficult time for us, but what about our pets?

“Moving with your pet can be a challenge therefore it is important to plan ahead,” says Dr. M. A. Crist, clinical assistant professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences.

“It is important to focus on making their transition to their new home smooth because an agitated pet can be scared and run away, get confused and get lost, or be stressed and be destructive,” Crist says.

Her suggestion is to keep the pet confined before and during the move, and then settling quickly into an everyday routine after the move.

When talking about moving, what are the options for transporting pets?

“It is important to make travel arrangements in advance to avoid the unexpected,” Dr. Crist says.

She suggests inquiring with travel agencies and pet transportation services. These agencies take care of all the shipping details — pickup, boarding, and delivery — for an associated cost for pet insurance and transportation charges.

Transportation of pets requires a lot of planning on the part of the owner. For example, if you are planning on air travel, you need to know the specific regulations of the air carrier.

“Puppies and kittens less than eight weeks of age are prohibited from traveling by air transportation,” Crist says. “Pets are usually placed on the plane last so that they can be unloaded first. Weather can be a concern and it is better to ship pets during moderate weather and not in extreme heat or cold.”

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