MOVING WITH YOUR SMALL ANIMALS

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Small pets such as hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs and mice can usually be transported in their regular cages. Ensure that the covers are secure for the trip, and that no open containers of water are in the cage that might spill during the travel.
Do not place the cage in an area that will be exposed to drafts or direct sunlight. Maintain a temperature in the vehicle that won’t be too hot or too cold for your small pets. A good guide is your own comfort zone; if you are hot or cold, chances are your small pet will be too. Feed your small pets according to their usual schedule during the trip.service to take care of the job for you. Reptiles: Reptiles are more closely regulated by government laws than other pets. Prior to planning your move, check with the restrictions of your new home to determine the state regulations regarding reptiles. For more information, check with the State Regulatory Agency located in your new state.
Transporting by Car
Reptiles can usually be transported in their usual cages. Ensure that the reptile’s environment remains moist during the transport. If you are transporting a snake, place it in a cloth bag with the top tied. Allow the snake room to move about and place the bag in a shipping container with cushioning material such as foam peanuts. Additionally, moisten paper to place in the box with the snake so that it can keep the air moist.
If you are making a long road trip with your reptile, check with hotels and only make reservations at a facility that permits reptiles. You may want to take your pet out of its container at the hotel to allow it to move about freely in the bathtub. Depending on the type of snake you have, it should be placed into the bath tub and allowed to soak for about an hour once you have checked in. Never expose reptiles to extreme temperatures of hot or cold, and avoid exposing them to unusual climates for long periods of time.
Transporting by Air
For snakes and other reptiles traveling by air; check with the airline for special requirements prior to planning the trip. Special crate regulations may be imposed for snakes, with even further restrictions for venomous or poisonous snakes. No matter what type of reptile you are making flight arrangements for make certain that its carrier is adequate in both ventilation and size. The airline will also inform you of requirements regarding the labeling of the shipping container. Note: Small pets such as reptiles, hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs and mice must be shipped by Air Express (a division of air freight). Minimize your pet’s stress by avoiding through-checking and changing planes.
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No matter if you’re relocating within the same neighborhood or overseas, moving can be pretty stressing. In fact, moving is repeatedly ranked as the third most stressful life event and sometimes seems to be completely overwhelming. On top of moving, you often have to deal with realtors, mortgage financing and even finding a great school for your kids. To keep all the moving components tracked and timely, organization is a big must. Utilizing a filing system is a great way to keep...