When you’re moving to Lakewood or Long Beach with pets, you need Pet Moving Safety 101.

Here’s a quick list of tips to keep your four-legged family members safe before, during and after the big day.

Pet Moving Safety 101

Before you move, make sure everything’s in place for your pets – current shots, a microchip and vet records are all squared away. If your pet isn’t microchipped, know that pets that are easy to identify are more likely to be returned if they escape.

If your pet isn’t used to traveling in the car, now’s the time to get them accustomed to trips. You can start with short trips, like a drive around the block, if it’ll make your pet more comfortable. And if your pet needs to be kept in a carrier but isn’t used to that, make sure you’re using the carrier a little bit each day to ensure your four-legged family member isn’t too distraught about it on moving day.

On moving day, try to keep your pet somewhere other than your old house or your new house. See if he or she can stay with a friend or family member, or try daycare. You’ll be opening and closing doors all over the place, which gives your pet ample opportunities to escape – and scared pets who don’t know what’s going on are more likely to bolt.

After you move, don’t put your pet in a kennel – let him or her become accustomed to your new surroundings. Moving can be traumatic to pets, so keep a few of his or her favorite toys in each room… and having handfuls of treats doesn’t hurt, either. Most importantly, give your pet as much love as you normally do (or a little extra).

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