Your pet is probably as excited as you are to move to Southwest Florida! Beaches, trails, dog parks, and an abundance of off-leash recreation options await. Relocating is tough enough without having Fido or Fluffy out of sorts, but there are some things you can do to make sure your pet’s transition is a walk in the park.
First and foremost is getting your pet to your new home safely—and happily. Whether you’re traveling by plane, train, or automobile, make sure you pack the basics for your pet just like you’d pack an overnight bag for yourself and your family—that includes food, water, medicine, and any special toys or blankets.
If you’re going by car, plan for frequent stops for food, water, and bathroom breaks for your pet and for yourself. Resist the temptation to feed your pet while you’re in the car, otherwise you might have an unpleasant accident to deal with somewhere between Roseburg and the Rose City.
According to pettravelcenter.com, good-to-have items while traveling include a portable kennel, pet travel bowls, and any special feeders. They also recommend that your pet’s vaccinations are current before you travel—it’s one less thing you have to worry about when you get to your destination.
Next, it’s absolutely imperative that your pet has proper identification. If your pet doesn’t have a tag or a collar and happens to get out, it could be difficult for your pet to get back home. If your dog or cat won’t wear a collar, a microchip surgically implanted as the best way to identify a lost pet. Even after your pet gets used to your new neighborhood, a microchip is still the best way to avoid losing your pet. The microchip is your best chance to get your pet home safely, since animal shelters and other pet centers always scan stray pets to see if there’s a microchip.
Finding a new veterinarian for your pet should also be at the top of the list. Check with your local pet stores, Humane Societies, and animal shelters, or find a vet through the Palm Beach County Veterinarians Society at pbvs.info or go to veterinarians.com/fl/palm-beach. Neighbors with pets are a great resource and can also give you valuable pet tips specific to your neighborhood. It’s also a great reason to get to know your new neighbors.
If you’d rather leave it up to the professionals, Pet Relocation provides personalized door-to-door pickup and delivery of your pet anywhere in the world. petrelocation.com