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Moving With Pets to the SW10 Area

28 August 2014

The SW10 area in London is the area of West Brompton and Chelsea. Moving to this area can lead to great changes and new opportunities for you and your family, but you need to know that a house move is a big challenge. One of the things that makes a relocation particularly challenging is the presence of pets. Pets are like members of the family and people often are more worried about them than about themselves. There are many things you need to take care of when it comes to travelling and moving with pets.

One of these things is health and making sure you obtain a certificate from your pet’s veterinary. If you are driving you need this certificate to ensure that your pet is vaccinated and has undergone regular checks up. If you are flying to your new home, you will also have to provide this certificate.

There are different rules when travelling with different types of pets. Let’s take a look at some of the most important rules when moving house with a dog.

Moving house, whether it’s via a plane or a car, can be quite a stressful time for your dog. Make sure that the dog stays away from the action on the moving day so the strangers at the house don’t agitate it. The dog needs to be surrounded by familiar things prior to leaving the house – this will bring more comfort and prevent stress. Some dogs suffer from travel sickness so make sure you ask your veterinary for a good medication before travelling. If you are flying to London, then make sure you check the airline’s restrictions and requirements regarding the transportation of pets. If the conditions don’t seem convenient, choose a different airline to book your tickets from. You will have to buy a specific pet carrier for sure.

If you are travelling by car, make sure you take plastic bags to clean after the dog, in case of a little accident along the way. Most dogs get restless in cars so you will have to stop and take short walks. Don’t let the dog peek through the open window as the wind can cause sore eyes, throat and ears. The dog shouldn’t leave your side if you stop for breaks or you have to stay at a hotel for a night or two.

When you arrive at the new location, take your dog for a walk and then leave it in a separate room so the dog can get some rest while you unpack. Getting back to the usual routine is the best thing you can do for your pet – this way the transition will be easier. Be considerate to your pet, don’t shout or ignore it. The dog will need some time to get used to the new house, the surroundings and all the changes. Use positive reinforcement even if the dog causes accidents during the unpacking and settling process. Create a comfortable area for the dog where it will feel safe and at home. Make sure you don’t leave the front door open while the dog is running around, even if you need to move boxes and furniture inside the house. The dog can easily run away or get harmed.

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