March 27, 2006

Moving with birds

How smooth and easy your move with the bird will be, solely depends on the degree of socialization of your pet. Some birds, frequently exposed to new situation, will take the move easily. On the other hands there are birds which will get nervous, stressed and will be squawking and rushing around their carrier. Most traumatic the move will be for older parrots that haven't been socialized well. The most important thing you can do to make tour bird feel secure and safe during the move is to keep its daily routine as usual as possible. Feed it at times the bird got used to, talk to it regularly. Birds are like children - they have their own personality and habits that are hard and painful to break.


Long before the move check the bird at your veterenerian for any diseases that can expose during the stressful situation of the move. If you noticed during the move that the bird started feather picking, it ussually happens when the bird is in stress, bring it to the veterenerian immediately before it turned to a habit which can't be broken. Also, if you are moving interstate or abroad check what health certificates and proof of vaccination is required. Usually no quarantine is required for the birds originated from the US but different countries have different policies regarding this issue, so you better check it before you move. For more detailed information on each state requirement for pet's travel go to USDA Veterinary Services .

Moving local, you can transport your bird in its cage. Be sure you removed all the swings and toys from it lest the bird should get hurt. Don't leave food and water trays inside the cage to avoid spilling, but don't forget to feed and water you pet regularly during the move. It is recommended you cover the cage with a blanket to avoid drafts and sustain proper temperature around - not too cold and not too hot. Be extremely careful when opening the cage as it can easily escape from you.

Moving long distance, prepare the carrier for the bird. Let your pet get used to it: put some treats for your bird inside the carrier, talk to it encouragingly while it is inside. You need to get the bird acquainted with the carrier gradually, establishing pleasant associations for your pet with it.

Upon arrival to a new home put the bird's cage in surroundings close to those you had in your old home. Avoid drafts, opened windows, stoves and ceiling fans when finding the place to put the cage. As a bird is flocking animal, be sure it can see all the activities of your family from the spot you put it in, though having some privacy of its own. Don't change the bird's toys for a while and maintain it usual day routine.

For trusted information about moving with your pet see what American Veterinary Medical Association recommends on pet travelling; check what American Society For The Prevention Of Cruelty To Animals says about moving pets by car and by plane . See what regulations and recommendations do US Customs and Board Protectic and US Department of State have regarding moving your pet abroad. Also if you are determined to move abroad get some information on international pet passport . Finally, Delta and NWA websites will help you to get specific information for pet airtravel.

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March 20, 2006

Moving with Fish

It is often risky and impractical to try to move fish. Fish are most sensible to to temperature changes that can hardly be avoidable during a move. So if they don't have any special sentimental value to you - just don't move them. Many aquarium stores may accept them and even offer a store credit, which you can use in another location close to the place you moved in. But if you don't have this option here are some suggestions you may consider during your move:

Firstly, you need to take fish out of the aquarium and move them separately. Tanks are rarely built to withstand the stress of a move, especially with water inside. So you need to drain it after, of course, you finished putting all your fish in carrying containers. The main concern when moving a fishtank is its filtration system. The aerobic bacteria needed to preserve the life cycle of an aquarium and the life of fish starts to die after few hours without a flow of oxygen-laden water. It is not as crucial when you move short distance. What you need is to move about half of the water you've had in you fishtank to a new location to make sure the colony of aerobic bacteria survive. If you are moving long distance you'll have to set up the tank exactly like a new one at your destination including one week delay.

Disassemble your aquarium before the move; heaters, pumps, filters and other media should be packed separately like fragile items. The tank itself should be in bubble wrap and packed in moving blankets. If possible, it is better not to use a moving van for transporting a fishtank but to put it in a trunk of your car.

Provided you are moving local, the actual move of your tank can take about a week with all the neccessary precautions making sure your beloved fish won't sufer from the New Tank Syndrome. During this period you can put them either into your friend's tank or into the pet store aquarium. Some pet stores do it for free, some can even offer additional services like packing and air shipping your fish for additional fees.

Now we came close to the actual packing and moving of the fish. Long before the move prepare the accessories you'll need to move your fish. It might be styrofoam boxes, polythene bags, a cooler or other compartmentalized container. Take the fish out of the aquarium 15 minutes before you'll drain it and put them in bags or styrofoam boxes: one fish per each container. Fill the fish containers with tank water and don't forget that about a half of a container space should be left for the air pocket. Don't feed your fish 24 hours before the move in order to make water in the containers as clean as possible. As a matter of fact, fish would feel too stressed to eat during the whole move - so don't worry about feeding them; fish can live more than a week without food. Seal the styrofoam boxes with lids and bags - with rubber bands; to reduce the chance of leaking you can double bag your fish. Put the water plants in the separate containers too - they also need to be wet during the move. After you've finished packing the fish put all the bags with your pets into a container that can hold steady temperature during the whole period of the move - it might be a cooler. If you are moving far - it might be a good suggestion to get a battery powered air pump and occasionally change air in fish containers.

When you arrive to the place you're moving in - set up the aquarium first. Add gravel, preferably from your old home; gravel contains ammonia-eating bacterias that are crucial for the aquarium not to go through New Tank Syndrome. Then fill the tank with the water you brought from the old place adding some chlorine remover. Fill the tank up with tap water of proper temperature, and turn on the filters. As the water is clearing out you may add a fish or two and watch closely for their reaction. It is absolutely normal for fish to panic and breathe harder in the new surroundings. But if a fish lies on the side and doesn't move for few seconds put it back to a travelling container and check the tank for the proper temperature and water chemistry. Watch your fish and regularly check the tank during the first week to be sure your beloved ones haven't got any disease.

For trusted information about moving with your pet see what American Veterinary Medical Association recommends on pet travelling; check what American Society For The Prevention Of Cruelty To Animals says about moving pets by car and by plane . See what regulations and recommendations do US Customs and Board Protectic and US Department of State have regarding moving your pet abroad. Also if you are determined to move abroad get some information on international pet passport . Finally, Delta and NWA websites will help you to get specific information for pet airtravel.

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