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:
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.