Follow these simple tips to complete a flawless move for your pets

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Moving to a new home comes with a seemingly endless list of things to remember and take care of – from hiring professional movers, packing, changing utilities, and so on.

With all of this on your mind as you get ready to move forward in life, there is another aspect you might forget about: moving your pets. We all love our pets – whether it be a dog, cat, bird, a smaller animal, a reptile, or something else – but moving also requires a plan for getting these pet friends to your new home, too.

While our moving teams at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK aren’t able to transport your furry friends in our moving trucks, we do have some helpful tips below to get you on the right track!

Dogs

  • Dogs can be territorial and full of anxiety when new people are around or there is commotion in your home. Have a treat bag ready to relax your dog when movers arrive. They may even want to give your pup a few treats, too!
  • When driving to your new home, it’s recommended to use a crate or dog cage to ensure the safety of your pet and everyone in the car.
  • Be sure to visit the vet before you complete your move to ensure they’re healthy enough to be involved in this process. They may even able to provide your dog with anxiety medication to help calm them down. If you need to find a new vet office, you can also ask for recommendations.
  • Bring objects your dog is familiar with such as a bed, toy, or blanket during transit to help keep them relaxed as they work towards easing into your new home.
  • If your dog has a collar with owner information on it, it’s important to update that info if needed.

Cats

  • Much like dogs can be, cats are very territorial and skeptical to strangers. Try to keep them away from the commotion as much as possible. It’s always a good idea to have them in a quiet room while the movers are in and out of your home. That minimizes stress and it’s less likely they’ll escape through open doors.
  • Bring familiar objects that you know your cat likes – a toy, bedding, etc. – to help calm their nerves.
  • When traveling with a cat, a crate or cage is also the best way to transport them This will give them their own space to help keep them comfortable during the trip.
  • Gradually introduce your cat to its new home by limiting it to one room at a time which helps them to acclimate slowly.

Fish

  • Traveling is very stressful for fish, so the best option is to place them in a bag of new and clean water from their aquarium with as little of a crowd as possible in the bag. Place the bag in an insulated cooler during transport.
  • Let the filter in their fish tank run for a few hours before returning fish into their tank, and try to limit their time away from their normal habitat to less than 48 hours.

Small Pets

  • Anything from a gerbil to a guinea pig or hamster can be sensitive to the process of moving. One important area to keep an eye on is temperature change.
  • These animals are able to travel in their normal cages, but be sure the cages are sealed properly so they don’t escape during the trip.

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Creating a stress-free moving environment for your favorite pets

Quality time with family after a holiday move

-Written by Anna Stephens

Even if you know your furry friend better than anyone, it is hard to predict how they will act when moving time comes. Every pet responds differently to change, so it is best to be over-prepared and take all necessary precautions to ensure the safety of your pets, children, and furniture. Here are a few tips for moving your pets to a new home.

Dogs on the move

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Dogs can become mopey, sad, or even aggressive when they are in stressful situations like moving, and they could act on these emotions in various ways. Dogs are known to gnaw on furniture and corners of walls, urinate on carpets, or cry loudly when they are stressed.

Quick tips:

  • Put your dog in doggy day care during the first few weeks while no one is home to watch them. This will prevent any damage they may do while they’re recovering from the stress of the move.
  • Purchase doggy diapers to prevent urination in your new home.
  • Take your dog to their veterinarian before the move to make sure they are healthy enough to move. Get multiple weeks’ worth of any prescriptions they have, so you have plenty of time to find a different vet in your new location. In extreme cases, you can get a prescription of anxiety relievers for your dog.
  • If your dog’s collar tag has your current address, update the tag before you move, so it’s ready to be switched on moving day. Also, change the phone number on the tag if your area code changed.
  • Our movers do not move any living things, so make sure you have safe and comfortable arrangements for your dog on move day. We recommend a crate or sectioned off area in your personal vehicle that will be comfortable and temperature-controlled.
  • Bring familiar objects to comfort your dog such as their favorite blanket, toys, and treats.
  • Assign a moving buddy for your dog. Pick a family member to keep your dog company. Also, be sure your pet is well fed, take it for walks, and give it plenty of affection to ensure they don’t feel forgotten about.

Cats on the move

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Cats are tricky when it comes to moving because of their sensitive and quirky personalities. Cats are hyper-aware of their surroundings, so they will feel uncomfortable with any major change. When stressed, cats may run away, hide, or become more aggressive.

Quick tips:

  • Speak to your veterinarian before the trip to ensure they are healthy enough to move, and stock up on prescription medicine if necessary.
  • While packing your current home and moving in to your new home, keep your cat away from the commotion and behind a closed door with their favorite play toys, plenty of food and water, and litter box.
  • Our movers do not move living things, so it’s important you have safe and comfortable arrangements for transporting your cat to the new home. The safest option is to crate your cat and transport it in your car so the temperature and environment are controlled.
  • Change their collar tags before your move to match your new phone number and address.

Fish on the move

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Fish are very sensitive to their environments, so you should plan far in advance how you will transport them. You should prepare to transport your fish at the last possible second, because they are not meant to stay in small containers for more than a day or two. You can either transport your fish in a plastic bag with clean water, or a brand new sealed and large plastic container.

Quick tips:

  • Make sure your fish don’t endure much shaking or instability, as it’s extremely stressful for them when they’re exposed to great amounts of movement. You can secure the fish by placing them in an insulated container with bubble wrap connecting the fish bag and container to ensure it stays upright.
  • Regulate the temperature of the fish bags because changes in temperature can make the fish sick. Take the temperature of the aquarium prior to moving, and keep it consistent throughout the move.
  • Reduce stress of the fish by placing them in darker areas during transport.
  • Don’t feed your fish while you’re transporting them so the water stays as clean as possible.
  • Make sure the aquarium is totally clean when you move into your new home and the water temperature is the same as it was before.
  • Avoid putting lights directly overhead of the aquarium after the move so the fish can recover from the stress endured while being transported.

Small animals on the move

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Small animals such as gerbils, hamsters, and guinea pigs can travel in the cage they live in. Make sure the container is stable and sealed completely so they cannot escape.

Some quick tips:

  • Cover the container with a towel so they endure less stress from the light and movement during the move.
  • Regulate the temperature of the cage by transporting them in a location where temperature can be controlled, such as your personal car.

Birds on the move

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Birds are fairly easy to transport because they can remain in the cage they live in. Most birds enjoy traveling in the car, but every bird will behave differently.

Some quick tips:

  • Take your pet bird to the vet to ensure you have the proper documents and health certificates, as some states require that.
  • Keep treats handy to make the moving experience a positive one.
  • Make sure the cage remains upright throughout the transportation process by placing them in a secure area.

Regulate their temperature throughout the move, including the amount of time they are in the sun.

We hope this provided helpful tips for you and your pets to experience a stress-free moving experience. For more information, check out our moving with pets checklist. We also offer several items made for your furry friends on our TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Gear Site.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchised moving company in the United States. Let us help move you forward! For more helpful tips and information on moving services subscribe to our blog and like us on Facebook.

Helping The Cause, Gaining A Friend

-Written by Erik Sargent

A life without pets is a life many people could not imagine, as animals have become integral members of families all around the globe.

The joy a dog or cat can bring to every member in a household can’t be measured, and the love people have for their animals has no limits. Unfortunately, many of these animals are reliant on living in animal shelters to stay alive, and they miss out on the style of life that is fit for them.

That’s why the people here at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® have taken the initiative to help these animals in need, and how the Movers for Mutts program began. Each fall, the program partners with local businesses, schools, and organizations across the country to collect food, toys, and other items pets may need.

The program – like all TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® community service programs – has been a great success, and has brought joy to both the animals and the people involved. With these events, new relationships have developed, and many employees from TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® that went in to help walked away with a new friend.

Here are a few of those great stories of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® employees walking away with a new pet after participating in Movers for Mutts.

Jessica Chapman – Marketing Specialist – Akron, Ohio

Working out of the Akron franchise, Jessica was on her way to a local animal shelter to drop of flyers for the upcoming Movers for Mutts event. What started as a work-related trip ended with a new member at her home.first-sight

“I had no clue I would be getting a fluffy puppy this year. I went to the shelter to drop off some flyers for our event, and I walked out with a fur baby,” Chapman said. “After the first time I held him, I knew I couldn’t put him down. We’ve had Bentley for three weeks and he’s been on three trips, so it’s a good thing he likes to travel.”

Bentley was an unexpected surprise for Jessica, but he’s a good example of how TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® community service events like Movers for Mutts can make a major impact.

“Bentley is a perfect example of how Movers for Mutts can change an animal’s life,” Chapman said. “I wasn’t planning on getting a dog, but I was at the rescue for Movers for Mutts, and now Bentley has a home he can feel safe to be a puppy in.”

Jenni Hargrove – Marketing Director – Nashville, Tenn.

Jenni was a part of the Movers for Mutts at the Nashville franchise, and going in, had absolutely no intention of adopting a pet, she already had a dog of her own.movers-for-muttes-leela

“I definitely did not want to adopt a pet before the event. We had a dog already and lived in an apartment, so I didn’t want to adopt another dog until we moved into a house,” Hargove said.

Despite her intentions not to adopt, a certain puppy – Leela – was determined to get her attention, and it paid off for both.

“We met Leela at the event and she actually wouldn’t stop jumping into my lap every time I had to sit down to do something,” Hargrove said. “She was really energetic and sociable, just like our other dog, so I asked my husband to drive home and get our 3-year-old dog so they could meet.”

The meet and greet with their other dog went well, and Leela was on her way to her new home.

Anissa Manuel – Sales and Marketing Coordinator – Virginia Beach, Va.

Anissa works for the Virginia Beach franchise, and this year decided to make some donations to a local animal shelter to help support the Movers for Mutts campaign. She didn’t have any plans of adopting a dog, but a text message from a friend changed her mind.babzoe

“I was talking to my friend who volunteers at the shelter, I was telling her about Movers for Mutts, and that I was going to donate our items to that shelter in particular,” Manuel said. “She texted me about puppies, and I ran right there after work.”

Anissa was helping donate to the Movers for Mutts cause, and soon after, ended up meeting her new friend, Zoe.

“I adopted a sweet little puppy named Zoe. She’s about two months old,” Manuel said. “I love my Zoe, she’s a handful – which is to be expected – but she’s sure the cutest and happiest dog I’ve ever met.”

Kristin Touart – Marketing Manager – Alpharetta, Ga.

Kristin works out of the Alpharetta franchise in Georgia, and unlike the three others in this story, walked away with a new pet that wasn’t a dog.jax

“I had no idea or plans at all, it was random and spontaneous,” Touart said. “I was at a vet partner location to drop off boxes and flyers and one thing lead to another, and I ended up with a kitten.”

The kitten was a welcomed addition to Kristin’s family, as her daughter has taken kindly to the new furry friend in the house. Kristin is big on animal rights and has a soft spot for animals, and she was glad to make a difference in the kitten’s life.

“I’m happy I was able to give one kitten a home and make room for another homeless animal to take his place,” Touart said. “Serving our community is a way for us to share our success and resources with others. It’s a fun way to live out our core values and that shows the public what TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is all about!”

 

To learn more about the Movers for Mutts program and how you can get involved, visit our community service page. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is committed to supporting the communities we proudly serve. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchised moving company in the U

First time moving with pets? We’ve got you covered!

Moving to a new home can be a very stressful time for our four-legged family members. Here are some great tips to minimize stress before the move, during the transition, and when arriving at your new home.

Get the 411: If moving to a foreign country (or even Hawaii), be aware of quarantine or travel requirements that may take additional planning. If moving within the US, familiarize yourself with local pet regulations, ordinances, and zoning laws. Many cities have specific laws regarding leashes, pet licensing, breed restrictions, and allowable number of pets per household. In fact, some cities will even issue a citation for walking your dog on a public beach. For exotic pets (birds, Dr2reptiles, monkeys) or agricultural species (pigs, chickens, and goats), special permitting or zoning laws may apply. If you will be residing within an apartment community or condo, you should double check to ensure your pets are permitted. This should also be plainly stipulated within your rental agreement or within the homeowner’s association rules.

Good to go: Prior to moving, plan a visit with your pet’s veterinarian to ensure your pet is up-to-date on important vaccinations and is healthy enough for travel. Remember to obtain sufficient medication and prescription diet to last at least two weeks (until you are able to establish a relationship with a veterinarian in your new area). Ask your current veterinarian to refer you to a veterinarian in your new area or conduct your own research using the AVMA or American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) websites. If you are traveling across state lines or internationally, you will need a corresponding certificate of veterinary inspection to be filled out by an accredited veterinarian. In addition, some airlines require an acclimation certificate for air travel that must also be signed by an accredited veterinarian. Request a copy of your pet’s medical records to share with your new veterinarian. Consider having your pet microchipped as a quick and minimally invasive way to locate your pet if he or she should ever become lost. If your pet is already microchipped, remember to update your new information with the microchip company.

Carry me home: Leave yourself enough time to find a suitable pet carrier with sufficient ventilation. Your pet should have enough room to stand up, turn around, and lie down comfortably. Get your pet accustomed to the carrier before you travel by using the carrier as a pet bed for several days to weeks. Try to increase comfort and security by placing your pet’s favorite blanket, toy, and/or treat within the carrier. If your pet is prone to motion sickness, consider trying to slowly acclimate him or her by taking short car trips well in advance of your move. Progressively increase the duration of the car trips and monitor for improvement. Also, ask your veterinarian about prescription medications that work well to alleviate motion sickness in pets.

Pack it up:  Shortly before your move, your pet may become anxious while witnessing the packing and moving of household items. Consider a doggy day care, boarding facility, or have your pet visit a well-known friend during times of increased activity. Alternatively, assign a well-ventilated room of your home as the “pet room” to provide a sanctuary away from the chaos. Place a “do not disturb” sign on the door to avoid people unnecessarily entering the room.  Keep in mind that cats may show a tendency to run away or hide in boxes when stressed, so a “pet room” will help to keep tabs on your tiny tiger. Avoid straying from your usual routine during the moving process. Extra attention and special treats can serve as good short-term distractions while extra walks/increased exercise are a great outlet for excess nervous energy.  Pheromone-based diffusers and sprays are also available to help calm dogs and cats during stressful times. If you are concerned about your pet’s level of anxiety, speak to your veterinarian about medications available to help control your pet’s anxiety throughout the moving process.

Leave it out: Remember to leave out the following pet-related items that are needed for travel:
Prescribed medications (ensure you have adequate supply for the entire duration of your trip plus an additional 4 days)
-Food and water (ensure you have adequate supply for the entire duration of your trip plus an additional 4 days)
-Travel carrier or crate
-Pet bed with favorite blanket
-Several favorite toysDr

-Collar with leash or harness; ensure your pet is wearing an updated information tag including your pet’s name, new phone number, and new address
-Litter pan/cat litter
-Health certificate (interstate or international) +/- acclimation certificate for air travel
-Photo of your pet (in case your pet should become lost)
-Plastic poop bags
-Roll of paper towels

-Current veterinarian’s phone number

Other items to consider:
Medical records (especially if your pet has a current medical condition)
Pet first aid kit
Favorite treats
Pet seat belt and/or vehicle barrier
Pet brush

Dr. Anna Ligman is a small animal veterinarian and owner of The Veterinary Center at Hunter’s Crossing in Gainesville, FL.  Dr. Ligman is very passionate about preventative medicine and focuses on strong client education to enhance pets’ quality – and quantity – of life.

Tips for Moving with Pets

Written by Claire Schneider

Moving with petsMoving is a big life event for the whole family, even for our beloved four-legged friends. When changes are made to their living environment, pets can become uncomfortable and stressed. They may seem anxious and nervous during the packing stages of moving because they don’t know what is happening. They likely have developed separation anxiety from past vacations and other stays away from their owners. Many animals, especially dogs, are known to be emotional and to have a natural fear of abandonment.

Premove prep

Because of the attachment to their owners, it is always prudent to pay special attention to pets early in the process. If possible, give them comfort by taking them to visit the new home before the actual move to familiarize them with their new surroundings.

Prior to moving day, pet owners who make a little extra effort on their furry friend’s behalf will be rewarded with a less anxious animal. Just being aware of your pet’s feelings, just as you would your child’s, will give him a sense of peace amid the managed chaos the day is sure to present. Giving pets as much affection as possible will also reassure them they are still being cared for.

“Moving is very stressful for a family,” said ASPCA President Larry Hawk, D.V.M. “That stress is also experienced by the pets. They want to know that they’re part of the family and that they’ll be going, too.”

Moving can be especially stressful for cats since they are more focused on their surroundings and don’t adapt easily to change. Disruption to their environment can cause them anxiety which may lead to behavior changes. The best thing you can do is to plan a moving strategy which creates the least amount of noticeable change.

If your animals are anything like mine, they tend to get nervous at the first sign of packing, even if it is just an overnight bag for a quick trip away. To reduce their stress, spread out your packing over several weeks and start packing rooms pets usually stay out of to keep packed boxes and belongings out of sight.

A few weeks before moving day, plan a visit to the vet. This is an ideal opportunity for a quick check-up and to ensure records are up-to-date; I recommend asking for a copy of their veterinary records. If necessary, you may also ask if they have any recommendations for veterinary clinics in your new town; you can research online reviews to select your new provider.

Moving day

Moving with petsIf you hired movers, let your pet get to know them before they start moving your items. Animals are very territorial and may be hesitant to welcome strangers into their home. Give the movers some time to introduce themselves to your pet by slowly petting them. Having treats handy for the movers to dole out is a surefire way to get fast acquainted with any cat or dog.

Has a family member been assigned to caring for the family pet on moving day? This could be one of your children, a friend, or family member. To ensure their safety, put animals in a blocked off area (using a baby gate or boxes) so they become a spectator of the action yet safely out of the fray. Putting them in an isolated room could cause them further stress since they know something is happening yet can’t see it. Make sure they have food, water and, of course, their favorite toys to keep them occupied.

When packing up the car, leave plenty of room for your animals. By giving them ample space, they will be more comfortable and relaxed during the drive to their new home.

Hitting a high note in the new home

Immediately introduce your pet to the new surroundings, allowing them to explore each room.  Don’t rush them. Bring in their food and water dishes, along with their toys, to make them more contented. To help with the adjustment, place familiar items in locations similar to the old house—at least for a period of time. Also, follow their current routines; they have had enough changes already.

Invest a little time in planning ahead for your furry and four-legged friends, and the move will be less stressful for your whole family.

Here are some helpful tips for moving with specific animals:

Cats:

• Before and after the move, surround your cat with familiar objects ― feeding and water bowls, toys, blanket, or bed. If you are using a crate, leave it in a place with which they can become familiar.

• Since cats are very sensitive to their environment, gradually introduce them to their surroundings by restricting them to one or two rooms at the onset.

Dogs:

• Like cats, dogs should be slowly introduced to their surroundings, then leashed outside until comfortable with the area.

• If you are unable to stay home the first few days following a move, consider arranging a friend or pet sitter to visit a couple of hours a day to ease your dog’s anxiety and to burn some healthy energy.

Fish:

• Traveling is the most difficult part of the moving process for fish. Place fish in bags with a mix of new water and clean water directly from their aquarium. The less the fish are crowded the better. Put rubber bands around the tops of bags and place the bags inside a dark, insulated cooler.

• Let the filter run for a few hours before returning your fish to their tank, and try to limit their time away from their normal habitat to less than 48 hours.

Birds:

• Use appropriate-sized carriers for birds and cover the bottom with litter. Remember to secure carrier doors with a clip from the outside. Keep the birds cool and protected from the sun at all times.

• Transport a supply of food and water from the previous house, then gradually switch from old to new supplies.

Small pets:

• Small pets such as gerbils, guinea pigs, and hamsters are more sensitive to drastic temperature changes. Take care to protect them from cold drafts or direct sunlight.

• These animals can travel in the cage they normally live in, but make sure it is well sealed so they cannot escape.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchised moving company in the United States. Let us help move you forward! For more helpful tips and information on moving services subscribe to our blog and like us on Facebook.