Notes from the Vet - Dr. Jim Lowe - Relocating? A Pet’s Perspective

Notes from the Vet - Dr. Jim Lowe - Relocating? A Pet’s Perspective

September 21, 2016

In all the excitement, sweat, and logistics of relocating one’s residence, details regarding your pet’s health and well-being can be overlooked. A sound plan can ease their transition.

A week prior to your departure, provide access to your pets’ crates and cages that will be used to transport your companions. Leave the doors open, place a favorite toy or blanket inside, and consider feeding them near or inside so they become very comfortable with them. Pheremones placed in and around crates can also assist in making your pet comfortable on the day they are placed in them and confined for an extended period during your move.

Make sure pet vaccinations are up-to-date and place a copy of rabies certificates in the glove box. Check with your state of destination regarding requirements for health certificates for travel.

To address travel anxiety and/or nausea, pets should travel on an empty stomach with feeding to occur at the end of the day’s travel. When making rest stops, keep dogs restrained with a leash or harness system. Frequent stops allow for elimination breaks and allow the dog to burn a little energy. Avoid areas where trash or other debris may be present. Offer small amounts of water at this time.

Upon arrival at your new home, consider confining cats to a single, quiet room for a period of time to acclimate to their new surroundings. Food and litter boxes can be placed in these areas and allow cats to become more adventurous at their own pace.  Appreciate that cats may be especially nervous and hyper-excitable during this transition, so minimize loud noises and other stressors if possible.

Assure the new backyard is free of any dangers to your dog and the fence is secure before allowing access. 

Before, during, and after the move, supplements to minimize anxiety and its symptoms can provide additional support during your family’s exciting transition.

Note From Vet: 

Notes from Vets

December 15, 2016
Your veterinarian prescribes a strength of a specific antibiotic for a determined amount of time to best support overcoming the diagnosed infection. Under-dosing or not giving the entire course prescribed promotes resistant microorganisms.
December 7, 2015

Our four-legged companions are family members, and as such, we wish them to be included in all activities around the holiday season.  Some precautions should be taken, however, as the festive season can present new hazards in the life of your pet.

November 11, 2015

One of the wonders of the holidays is the unbelievable variety (and amount) of special foods prepared to celebrate the season.  Failure to pay attention to preventing your pet’s access to these foods can cause your time of celebration to turn into a medical emergency.  The following list contains some common foods dangerous to dogs and cats.  Take note that these foods may also be found as ingredients in main dishes or be encountered by inquisitive pets investigating the trash can.