Moving With Your Pets
Your pets are a part of your family. So if you plan to downsize and relocate, your pets are a vital consideration. Find out how to relocate with your furry family member!
Find the Home of Your Dreams for the Whole Family
Consider all household members, including pets, when looking for your perfect home. When choosing a new home, location, house type, neighborhood, and pet-friendliness are crucial factors.
Once you’ve decided on a home, start reducing and packing your current residence. Because downsizing and relocating can be stressful for your pets, you might want to hire someone like Animal People Pet Sitting & Dog Walking to keep them company in another room or take them for an extra-long walk to keep them calm. Hiring a dog walker for a showing can also aid in the sale of your existing residence. Some buyers choose a home without pets.
Make Home Modifications for Your Furry Family Member
Most dogs require a fenced-in yard for their safety. Fences allow your pets to play in the yard without worrying about them becoming separated from you. Determine the sort of fence you require before making your selection. Consider the function as well as the looks when installing one. For example, you may build a room that is both practical and enjoyable to be in.
Consider the companies closest to you while looking for a fencing contractor. Examine online reviews and services. When you meet with a contractor, they may give you a quotation based on the project’s size, materials, and location. Check if your contractor is licensed, insured, and knows where the underground utility wires are before signing a contract.
If you have the space, consider setting up a grooming station. If your dog enjoys running through the muck, set aside a space in the mudroom, on the back porch, or in the laundry room. Consider putting in a walk-in shower with an adjustable shower head for quick rinses.
If you have a kitty who likes to climb, you may need to secure the furniture and other items to the wall to prevent accidental collapses. Fix any escape routes and keep all dangerous goods out of reach and locked away.
If you have young children or a senior relative living with you, you should also think about any adaptations you would need to make for your family. For example, if your aging parent lives with you, you’ll need to take precautions to reduce the chance of them falling, such as laying non-slip carpeting, adding more lighting, and repairing loose steps. These changes will also benefit your dogs as they get older.
Your Pet’s Microchip
Moving can be an exciting event, and your pets might start wandering off and exploring the new place. If your pet becomes lost, microchipping dramatically increases the odds of finding them. Microchipping works on all animals, including dogs, cats, rabbits, and horses. However, for it to be effective, you must do it correctly, keep your information up to date, and clear your head of all misunderstandings and misconceptions regarding it.
A microchip scanner can recognize the microchip since it contains a unique code. The chip is activated when the scanner emits a certain radiofrequency. The chip subsequently sends the scanner its unique identifying code. The scanning shelter or veterinarian can then compare the code to a database to determine who owns the lost pet. As a result, for a pet microchip to work correctly, these three requirements must be met:
- The chip must be at the proper location and in working order.
- Scanning should be done with the correct scanner and technique.
- The pet owner’s name and contact information (in the database) should be current.
Microchipping your pet may not be effective if any of the three conditions listed above are not met. In addition, there are various possible causes for such a collapse.
To begin with, the microchip could be defective. The entire operation will fail if the microchip is faulty. It is, however, unusual, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association.
Second, the person scanning can be using the wrong approach. For example, the vet or shelter personnel can scan for a microchip while the pet is wearing a collar containing metallic pieces. The metal could cause the microchip or scanner signal to be distorted.
It’s also possible to use the wrong scanner, which produces radio frequencies that are either above or below the range of the microchip and thus fails to activate it. Scanner manufacturers all across the world have adopted common international standards to reduce the risks of this inaccuracy. Furthermore, numerous companies are working on wide-range scanners to identify a broad spectrum of chips.
Errors in the database are the third and most typical reason why pet microchipping may not be effective. The shelter cannot contact you if your contact information is out of date or wrong. There is no central database in the United States with information on microchipped pet owners. On the other hand, Pet microchipping firms are gradually closing the gap. There are now websites that provide vets and shelters with links to microchip company registrations.
If you believe the following beliefs, pet microchips will not work:
- A microchip can be used to track your pet’s location. Microchipping is essentially an identification device, though some microchipping companies also sell pet monitoring and tracking devices.
- Your pet’s ID tag can be replaced with a microchip.
- Pet microchip businesses do not protect your personal information. As a result, you may intentionally provide inaccurate information or fail to update it.
Making the Change as Painless as Possible
Pack a box of needs and necessary items to set up immediately to help you acclimate. Set up the kitchen first to help you feel more at ease. The sooner you and your pets get back into a routine, the better.
When you arrive, choose a room for your pets to acclimate to. Toys, food, water, and treats should be available in the pets’ area. Before acclimating to the rest of the house, your pet might gradually adapt to one room at the new location.
Moving is one of the most stressful experiences a person can have. Your pet will be under a lot of strain as well. However, the procedure gets much more manageable when your pet is safe. At Animal People Pet Sitting & Dog Walking, we’ve moved with our pets several times. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.