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How to Make Your Move Less Stressful for Your Pet

Expert tips for a smooth move with your furry, feathered and fishy friends.

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Consult with your veterinarian for a statement of good health as well as any medications needed. If you’re moving to a different state, your pet must meet the health and vaccination requirements of that state. Bring all health and medical records with you and have a photo and description of your pet handy just in case (heaven forbid) your pet gets lost during the move. Here are our 17 best tips for pet care and safety.

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Collar and Tags

It’s always important for dogs and cats to have a collar with I.D. tags, but never more so than when you’re moving. Be sure your current contact information and rabies tags are attached. Check out these cleaning tips every pet owner should know.

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Skip Sedation

If you’re thinking about flying your pet to their new home, consider whether or not they’ll be able to handle the temperature changes and confinement. If you do choose to have your pet travel by air, never sedate them because it can be life threatening. Consult with your vet about whether or not it’s a good idea to have your pet fly. For example, sub-nose pets can have trouble getting enough oxygen in flight. Here are 10 high-tech gadgets your pet will love!

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Bye-Bye Birdie

Moving your bird over the road may be noisy, but it should be safe if you keep the ambient temperature inside the vehicle moderate, cover the cage (if that’s what they like), and never let them out of the cage (even in a motel room!). If you’d like to transport your bird by plane, contact the airline. There are restrictions about what types of birds are allowed in the cabin. Check out these 15 clever DIY pet projects you can make at home.

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Road Trip

If you plan to move your dog or cat over the road with you and they aren’t used to long car rides, acclimate them with shorter trips to get them used to it. Be sure to take time for toileting and exercise, but don’t let them go off-leash. Pack a cat box with litter, along with familiar food and toys, plus always have that photo of them with you in case they get lost. Here is how to minimize the risk of infections spread by pets.

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Flying Fish

Air shipping fish takes some planning. Your aquarium needs to be emptied and packed, so your fish need interim boarding before traveling. They will need to be packed in individual plastic bags, half air, half water, and boxed to offset too much heat or cold. Talk with the airline for more guidance and check out more fish moving tips at

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