How to Make a Smooth Move With Your Pet – Moving with Exotic Pets
By Alex Kazaryan
A lot is written how to move with dogs, cats or even fish. But what if your beloved ones are far more exotic and unusual than other people’s pets, don’t they need some special and accordingly unusual care during the move? If you are the lucky owner of, say, a snake or a hamster here are few suggestion for your smooth with them:
The first thing to remember when moving reptiles is to keep them moist. It can be achieved by putting a damp blanket inside a moving container for your pet. Reptiles can be packed in boxes, venomous snakes should be be double boxed. Make holes in boxes to maintain good ventilation during the move. Make the inside of the box soft for your pet by putting their foam panels, crumpled paper and pieces of cloth. Mark the box with both common and scientific names of your reptile. Be sure to write “live cargo”, “this side up” and “keep at room temperature ( 70-75F)” if you’ll be shipping your pet. The main danger of shipping your pet reptile is changes of temperature; a reptile can’t survive in too cold or too hot surroundings and it’s hardly avoidable during the move.
One of the convenient ways to move your reptile long distance is by overnight postal service, though USPS won’t guarantee live delivery; they might be only liable if the box in which you were moving your pet would have been damaged, but if your beloved one baked or freezed to death you would get nothing. This method of shipping is very common for moving turtles in cushioned, insolated boxes with air holes. Nowadays, moving reptiles by airlines has become difficult due to people who were careless for shipping regulations and caused numerous accidents with their pets. Delta Dash (Delta Airline’s priority cargo service) and American Airline’s Priority Parcel service used to accept reptiles properly packed and clearly labelled. When moving your reptile by car don’t leave it alone overnight, always take it into motel where you’ll be stopping, if its pet friendly, of course, to soak your pet in a bath.
When moving small mammals like mice, gerbils, guinea pigs and hamsters, it’s better to use their normal container and move them in your car. Take the water and food out of their container and use rest areas to water and feed your pets. Maintain comfortable temperature – don’t park the car in the sunlight; remember whatever temperature is comfortable for you is comfortable for your beloved ones.
You also can ship your exotic pets abroad, provided they are not listed in CITES. You will need to fill out US Fish & Wildlife certificate before shipping your pets. You’ll also need to provide the list of animals you’re shipping with their common and scientific names and mark it on the shipping container. Also you” need to contact your airline, that transports animals, for example Delta, to find out the procedures they demand. And make sure your pets pass Wildlife Inspection Port. Provided you took care of everything mentioned above check if the state you are moving to requires Health Certificates, Import Certificates or Value Added Tax and should they be ffixed to a pet carrier. It especially concerns countries of EU which have very strict regulations for incoming animals.
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