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How Will Your Beloved Pet Handle The Big Move?
Posted on Thu, 15 Jun 2017, 10:45:00 AM  in Home selling tips

You know that the big move is coming and that you are going to have to pack not only your belongings and your family, but your beloved pets as well. While the list below doesn’t account for all of the possible pets that people could have, you will find some information on the most common pets and how they will need to be accommodated during the ride between your current home and your new Canadian home.



Dogs are very resilient animals. Puppies and young adults will be able to handle the ride far easier than senior dogs and dogs with special needs. It is important to take these factors into account when preparing for the trip. Your dog will need access to water, food, and potty breaks about as often as a toddler would- somewhere around every two hours. Remember, if you need to get out and use the restroom or stop to a rest area to stretch so does your dog.



Cats are very picky animals. Your cat may love long car rides and simply sit in the back seat basking in the light of the sun during the day, other cats will need frequent breaks to get out and explore. Make sure that you are keeping your cat on a least during this travel as they may try to escape and try to find their way back to the home that they have always known.



Fish will have a very hard time traveling long distances, particularly if your travel will require many hours in a car. If you can manage to have someone hold your fish’s container up in the air just a few inches off of their laps for the duration of the ride, then your fish will avoid the deadly jostling that normal roadtrips create. If you are concerned that your fish will not make it, contact a professional fish company and ask for their advice or their services as they have quite a bit of experience in transporting fish.


Small Reptiles

Small reptiles are both resilient and fragile. You will notice that snakes, for example, can handle the movement of a car very well but will be extremely sensitive to moisture and temperature. Lizards and geckos will also need a constant comfortable temperature, but will need to be held in their cages during the trip to avoid breaking legs and escaping.


Small Animals: Guinea Pigs, Hamsters, Mice

Small animals do not like to travel great distances and will not be comfortable with being in a car for any length of time. These animals love to stay where the ground does not move. It may be worth your time to take many frequent breaks, stay at hotels that will accept them, and give them plenty more opportunities to sit still than drive in order to keep them as comfortable as possible.



Birds should be treated like small animals. They generally hate the idea of being trapped in a small space that is constantly moving. Give your birds plenty of “sit still” time when you travel, if you can at all afford to do so.



Horses are used to traveling as they are often transported in a variety of places, weather conditions, and temperatures every day in the United States. These animals can handle hours of driving, but deserve the opportunity to stop and take a break just like you do. Still, if you are in a hurry, your horse will be able to handle the longer hours of the trip.

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