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Moving With Your Pet

Moving can be a trying and stressful event, not only for you but your pets as well. One of the many considerations when planning a move is to ensure that your pets feel as comfortable as possible during the move and that they settle into your new home.

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Visit your veterinarian.

A few weeks prior to moving, request a copy of your pets veterinary records, including all the animals vaccination certificates. Be sure your pets are up to date with all their shots. Your vet should have no problem releasing the records and perhaps may even be able to recommend another vet in your new location.

Keep a Routine.  Dogs and cats don’t like change; they might display behavioral changes or become ill when stressed.  A move can often be quite chaotic but try your best to keep your pets’ routines, such as feeding times and walks, as normal as possible as you prepare for the move and after you arrive at your new home. Make the time to provide them with a similar level of attention you would usually give them.

Update your tags and microchip. If you have a dog or a cat you should create new identification tags with your new address and phone number. Most pet stores or an engraving shop can offer this service. If your pet is micro-chipped be sure to update the contact information on file to your new phone number and address.

Get your pet Registered. Most municipalities require you to register your pet and some may even have restrictions or bans on certain pets or breeds. Registering a pet usually includes a fee and tagging the animal. Some municipalities require proof of sterilization and/or micro-chipping to register your pet. You may need a letter or certificate from your current vet to show as proof. Be sure to contact the municipal office prior to your move to see what the registration requirements are as well as any by-laws you may need to be aware of.

Get the Pet used to the new home and neighbourhood. It is best to start the animal off in a small area of the new home where they will feel safe. Create a secure spot and surround the pet with its bed, toys and familiar items. Show the cat where his new litter box location is.  If you own an outdoor cat you may want to leach it for the first few days it goes outdoors in your new neighborhood.

Tips for the Road

If you’re traveling by car, keep cats and dogs in carriers large enough to accommodate food and water bowls plus a small litterbox for Fluffy. Stop about every two hours to give larger pets some fresh air. Be sure to use a leash if you let your cat out. Maintain a comfortable car temperature for all pets, and don’t ever leave animals alone in a car on a hot day. Even with the windows cracked, this can be fatal. Birds and other small pets (hamsters, guinea pigs, and the like) are especially susceptible to drafts and heat. Cover cages to keep animals calm and well protected, and remove water bottles except during rest-stop water breaks.

Introducing 100 Mississippi Road, Carleton Place

virtual-tour-138663-02Perfect first home for a couple or young family. This home is well maintained and in a nice family neighbourhood which is walking distance to schools and parks. Minutes to Highway 7 for a short commute into Ottawa.  Huge fenced backyard with deck.

Situated in the popular Westview Heights community this Family home is a short walk away from downtown and a few blocks away from beautiful Riverside park. Riverside park includes two boat launches, a beautiful beach, volleyball court, large picnic area, and a splash pad for children as well as being home to the Carleton Place Canoe Club; Canada’s oldest canoe club.

Minutes away from the amenities of downtown Carleton Place including the recently renovated Farmer`s market as well as the many unique shops and restaurants along the main street. A short commute to Ottawa with the newly expanded 4 lane Highway 7 you can be in Kanata in under 30 minutes.

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