Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Pet Talk

March 23, 2012

Relocating with Pets


CNHI News Service —

“Discuss with your regular veterinarian about recommendations for a veterinarian in the new location and travel with a copy of your pet’s records,” Crist recommends.

The new state or country may have different laws for entry with a pet, and it is important to know these beforehand. There may be standard border inspection at some places and random inspections at other places. This is especially important for unusual pets like snakes, lizards, monkeys, or wild animals.

At the new home, Crist recommends to confine the pets till they are familiar with the new environment.

“Try to use the pet’s same food and water dishes, blanket, bed, and toys and try to place them in a similar location as they were in their previous home,” she says.

Relocating with pets requires extensive planning. Sometimes, extra vaccinations and health documents are required six months in advance of the actual move. So, it is important to be aware of the rules and regulations of the place you are moving to.

“It is best to make arrangements ahead of time,” Crist advises so that both you and Fluffy can have a stress-free relocation.

Pet Talk is a service of the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, Texas A&M University.

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