Pets Guide: Dogs

Whether traveling by car or air, moving can be even more stressful for a dog than a human. Some dogs however take it more in their stride than others. Leave packing his/her toys, bedding and other equipment in a pets travel bag to the last moment so that he/she is comforted by the presence of familiar things.

If traveling a long way prevent travel sickness by not feeding them for 12 hours before the journey. If you know your pet suffers from travel sickness, ask your veterinary surgeon about anti-sickness pills.

If you plan on flying to your new home, try and book a direct flight. If your dog has to be transported by freight and the flight is not direct he may have to sit out in the hot or cold weather as the freight is boarded to the new flight. Check with the airlines for details. If your dog is small enough he may be able to travel in the passenger cabin with you. He will need a special carrier which you can purchase at a local pet sore. The airlines will be able to provide you with details of the cage specification that you will need.

If you are traveling by car remember to have your dogs nails cut prior to the road trip otherwise the upholstery may be damaged by scraping and scratching. Carry an adequate supply of plastic bags and use these to clean up after your pet at any rest stops you use. Never let your dog hang its head out the widow of a car as he may get sore eyes, ears or a sore throat.

Never leave your pet alone in a car especially in hot weather as the temperature can quickly rise to an unbearable level.

When you arrive at your destination be sure to get your dog back in to his routine of eating and exercise. If you have moved to an apartment building and your pet dog was used to having a yard to play in and relieve in, you need to be extra considerate.

Bring your dog out more at least until he gets used to his new living situation. Make allowances for 'accidents' on the carpet if they should happen. Don't make a fuss or punish your pooch as this may make the problem worse. Pick up the mess and clean the area properly to remove the soil and smell. Once your dog has settled in they should stop. Always praise him when he goes to toilet in the correct place so that he knows where to go.

Make sure you make up a comfortable sleeping are area your pet pooch so he settle in quicker. If you have a new home with a yard make sure you check your boundary fencing to make sure that it is secure, of sufficient height and 'hole-free' before letting your dog run free in the garden. If your dog is able to escape then take him out on a lead until you are able to do the necessary improvements.

If you have cats, keep them in separate carriers in the car.