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Moving Tips: Taking precautions with your pet

It is important to be careful with your pet when letting them roam in the yard.

It is important to be careful with your pet when letting them roam in the yard.

While you may have finished packing all of your pet's toys and other belongings before you head to your new residence, you may want to plan out how you will protect your pet in your new area. There could be many issues that could complicate life with your pet, and figuring out solutions early will make the transition easier.

Keeping pets in the yard

If your new home isn't fenced in, you may want to try to solve this, especially if you have a large yard. This is because your pet could run off exploring the new territory and put itself in danger. An invisible pet fence could be a good plan, as an electric collar will prevent the pet from going out and roaming.

However, if you are concerned about pets from other parts of the neighborhood coming in, a full fence may be needed. This may be a bit more expensive, but it could give you peace of mind that your pet is protected.

Being safe in the neighborhood

When you arrive at your new home, go and meet your neighbors. This will help you find out if they have pets, and if these animals are friendly or not. If there aren't many pets in your neighborhood, or they have a calm demeanor, you may feel better about your pet's situation.

If you have forest or wooded areas around the home, being aware of potential predators is of utmost importance. If you let your pet roam - even for a few minutes - keep an eye on everything they do, as wild animals could pose a threat. If a wild animal is in your yard, you may want to call animal control and inform them of the situation, especially if the animal won't vacate the premises.

It is important for you to be aware of the local leash laws in your area. Getting fined by not having your animal leashed isn't worth it, as penalties can be steep. However, having one of these rules enforced could help you feel better about your pet's situation in the long-run. There may be other rules and regulations about animals that your area has, so inquiring about these when you move in is recommended.