Moving with Greyhound? You’re not alone. According to a recent study by the American Pet Products Association, 11 million families move with their pets annually. So how do you keep your Greyhound happy when prepping for a new move? Easy: plan ahead.

 

Before the Move:

  1. Get a microchip. The Humane Society recommends getting microchips for cats and dogs prior to a move. Microchips are tiny transponders containing a dog or cat’s unique identification code. Microchip companies use this code to identify lost pets and retrieve the owner’s contact information.
  2. Plan Ahead. Make sure your dog has a sturdy collar with its name, your name, your cell phone number and your destination address and phone number (or another emergency contact).
  3. Have an emergency plan. If your dog normally becomes ill while traveling, ask your vet about prescription medication for motion sickness treatment. In case of emergency, research a few emergency animal care centers or veterinary hospitals along your planned travel route.
  4. Buy a crate. Pet crates provide a safe haven for most animals during long rides and help reduce their anxiety levels.  Purchase a pet travel crate if you don’t already own one, and associate your Greyhound with being in a crate in advance of your move by taking it on shorter trips in your car.
  5. Pack a Greyhound suitcase. Pack a traveling bag with items such as food, water, treats, plastic bags, a scoop and bed, if needed. Stock up on at least one week’s worth of your pet’s medications, should you have difficulty scheduling an appointment with your new veterinarian.
  6. Know your movers. Moving is a stressful experience for your pets. Reduce their anxiety by researching a company that recognizes the special needs of your Greyhound.

On Moving Day:

  1. Schedule bathroom breaks. Refrain from feeding your pet for a few hours before and during the trip to avoid an upset stomach, but be sure to keep your pet hydrated with plenty of water.
  2. Stay by their side. Your pet should always ride with you, either in its crate or secured in a harness. Be sure your pet is leashed or in a crate when outside and that it is always wearing its ID tag.
  3. Check for overheating. Do not leave your dog in a vehicle with the windows up while stopped. Animals can quickly overheat in these areas. If your Greyhound becomes overheated while traveling, take it into an air-conditioned area and place it in a shallow tub of cool water or rub it down with cool, wet towels.