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Moving with your dog

With your dog into your new home

“Stress and hectic when moving can very quickly become a burden for animals,” explains the German Animal Welfare Association in a report. The easiest way, according to the Bonn-based association, is “if the pet doesn’t have to be there on the day of the move.” In the opinion of the experts, the four-legged friends should instead be taken care of for “one to two days by a familiar person in order not to be exposed to the hustle and bustle of the move.

Bed and basket move first

Animals get used to the new home more quickly if the pet owner first sets up a cozy place to sleep with the familiar basket and a few toys. Only then should the animal roommate move into the new four walls.

Take the dog’s favorite things with you

If you really want to have your pet with you when you move, you should always have some important utensils close at hand in an extra box. In addition to the telephone number of the previous veterinarian, this also includes the number of a veterinarian at the new place of residence. In addition, bottled drinking water, sufficient food for the next few days and the usual feeding and drinking bowl. The pet’s favorite toys, grooming utensils (brush, flea comb, shampoo, etc.) and the pet’s preferred sleeping place (basket, mat, blanket, scratching post, etc.) should of course not be missing. Uncomplicated companions: moving with dogs Dogs are usually relatively uncomplicated companions when moving. Because of their curiosity, they explore everything in their new environment and quickly get used to it. When moving with dogs, you should definitely take a break during a longer transport. It is essential to cover small animals. As far as transport is concerned, moving with a small pet (e.g. guinea pigs, rabbits, birds etc.) is relatively unproblematic. Provide cages and stalls with sufficient feed and fresh water. Cover the cage or stall with a cloth and place it in a quiet corner if possible. Cats move differently A move with cats is a little different. Before the movers arrive or the transport begins, you should put cats in a special cage that you can get in any good pet shop. Often the cats already know the cage from visits to the vet and may be reluctant to do so. A little patience and bait can sometimes work wonders here. As when moving with a dog, you should also take longer breaks if you are traveling with cats for a long time. When you have arrived at the new home, you can let your cat “explore” the new apartment. Preferably in a room that already has some of the familiar furniture that your cat can recognize by its smell. In a few days the animal will get used to its new home. However, wait about a month before letting your cat out of the apartment or there is a risk that it will not return. Cats normally develop a hierarchy among themselves. If you have several cats, there could be a scuffle: the highest-ranking animal will not be able to move easily, while the lower-ranking animals may try to redefine their position in the hierarchy. Notification requirement for exotic animals Many so-called exotic pets are notifiable. Where one has to register which animal after the move is very different depending on the federal state. The breeder can inform you whether and where the animal is subject to registration. A permit is required for dangerous animals (attack dogs, tarantulas, poisonous snakes, scorpions, etc.). It is best to inquire with the administration in your new city or municipality whether your animal is one of them before you move. The move only becomes complicated when an aquarium or terrarium is necessary for the transport of the animals. Many details are important here and detailed advice from a specialist before the move is essential. You should also be prepared for a preparation time of several hours. Then it works with the pet too.

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