Monthly Archives: March 2014

Moving With Pets

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Post written by Dr. Michael Boyarin, guest blogger.

By itself, moving can be both exciting and stressful.  Moving with pets, however, presents unique and specific challenges that can be met with a little knowledge and advance planning. 

Most of what will ensure a smooth experience for both you and your pets can be done well in advance of the actual move. 

Following are some of the most important areas for consideration:

BEFORE THE MOVE:

1.      Microchip (& ID tags):  Microchipping your pet is one of the most important things you can do to ensure your pets safe return should he ever become lost. 

         If you have not already done this, now is an opportune time to do so.  If already microchipped, update your contact information, including your new address.

*If you are moving internationally, make sure your veterinarian implants a chip that meets The International Standards Organization (ISO) global standards.

·         https://www.avma.org/KB/Resources/Backgrounders/Documents/microchipping_bgnd.pdf

2.     Health certificate:  For interstate travel, the USDA requires a valid health certificate, issued by a licensed veterinarian within 30 days of travel.   A physical exam & assuring appropriate rabies immunization will likely be required.

For international travel, the rules vary by the country of your destination.  This can be a tedious & confusing process that often requires months of planning.  Contacting the consulate of the country in question can be very helpful.

3.     Pet records:  In most instances, medical records can be faxed or emailed to your new veterinarian.  However, if your pet has complex or specific medical needs that might require immediate treatment, consider obtaining copies prior to travel.

 4.    Pet medications:  Obtain an adequate supply of any products your pet uses regularly.  This will allow you to establish your new veterinary relationship in a more thoughtful & effective manner.

 

*While they are not routinely necessary, if you anticipate needing sedatives or motion sickness medications, don’t wait to discuss this with your veterinarian.  There is no “one size fits all” when using these medications.  Allow time for trials and/or dosage modifications.*

5.     Contact the Airline:  If flying, there are often specific requirements regarding cold/heat tolerances as well as cage specifications.  To have your pet to travel in the passenger compartment with you, early arrangements are often necessary.

6.     Car restraint:  If traveling by car, determine if a crate is appropriate.  In most cases having your pet constrained will greatly increase his safety and reduce the risk of escape.  If not, consider using a safety device designed to prevent injury in case of accident.

·         http://www.barkbuckleup.com/

7.       Plan your stops:  If traveling by car & an overnight stop or stops will be necessary, find “pet friendly” hotels/motels along the way & make reservations.

DURING THE MOVE:

 1.      Moving day:  Especially if strangers are packing your belongings, place your pet in a safe, quiet & secure place so that he cannot escape.

2.      Water:  Pack plenty of fresh water from home or bottled water.  Finicky pets or those at risk of dehydration may be less apt to drink water with an unusual taste or smell.

AFTER THE MOVE:

1.      Check the surroundings:  Insure both the inside and outside environments are safe and free from hazards.

2.      Acclimate your pet:  The transition may lead to problems such as loss of potty training/litter box use, territorial behaviors & stress/anxiety behaviors.  Of particular concern is how to reintroduce free roaming cats to the outside.  There are many resources with acclimation tips:

·         http://www.fidofriendly.com/blog/how-to-acclimiate-your-dog-to-a-new-home-environment

·         http://www.poodlesbydesign.biz/ACCLIMATINGTOANEWHOME.htm

·         http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/virtual-pet-behaviorist/cat-behavior/introducing-your-cat-new-house

·         http://www.hshv.org/site/DocServer/BP-024-Indoor-Outdoor-CatsTransition.pdf?docID=2581

3.       Choosing a new vet:  Ask friends, neighbors and relatives for a recommendation.  Visit the facility & meet the doctor(s).

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

AVMA:  https://www.avma.org/public/PetCare/Pages/Traveling-with-Your-Pet-FAQs.aspx

USDA:  http://www.aphis.usda.gov/animal_welfare/pet_travel/pet_travel.shtml

Delta Air Lines:  http://www.delta.com/content/www/en_US/traveling-with-us/special-travel-needs/pets/pet-requirements-restrictions.html

BringFido.com:  http://www.bringfido.com/travel/us_regulations/

For international moves, or other moves that are significantly complex, there are companies that can greatly facilitate your move.  Some examples are:

Air Animal Pet Movers:  http://www.airanimal.com/

Animal Land, Inc.:  http://www.petmovers.com/

AirVets Pet Relocation:  http://www.airvets.com/

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Michael Boyarin is a companion animal veterinarian with over 20 yrs. experience working with dogs, cats & their “human” parents.  After graduating Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Florida with a BS in Zoology in 1988, Michael continued his education at Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine where he obtained his DVM in 1992.  He currently practices in Jacksonville, FL.  Because of his strong belief that well informed owners are best able to enhance their pet’s well-being, Michael actively supports and encourages client education.

Solon Ohio Real Estate – Market Report February 2014

Quarterly Market Reports On Sold Homes

 

 

Here is our monthly market report for real estate in Solon OH for the month of February, 2014.

First, we will provide a list of all home transfers for last month, including the names of buyers and sellers, if available.

Then, we will give market statistics of homes that sold last month, with a comparison to the previous year. We will provide our commentary at the end.

 

HOMES SOLD IN SOLON –  FEBRUARY 2014

ADDRESS              PRICE         BUYER             SELLER

32950  Arthur Rd  $72,000      Pat Twietmeyer   George Wormley

33620  Baldwin     $86,916      NA                    FNMA

6573  Arbordale    $107,250    American Millenium Mildred Suchecki

6712  Som Center $112,000    Sb Ohio Properties ChrisHuang

28425  Cannon Rd $140,000    NA                      FNMA

32705  W Nimrod  $189,000    Vincent Montague  Byron Spurr

32603  S Burr Oak $191,718    William Franz         US Bank

32000  Cannon Rd $223,500    Ron Paul               Michael Stein

5465  Som Center $247,000    Katherine Koczan   Hossein Bazldjoo

6515  Clearwater Ct$334,000  Alvin Salzinger       Carrington Ct

7257  Formby Dr     $335,000  Arthur Kopittke      Molly Conway

6694  Brandamore  $435,000    NA                      Ginger Campopiano

7536  Royal Portrush $455,000 Vanisree Velamoor  Chengkui Qu

7563  Royal Portrush $720,000Sridhar Jaladi          M Tervalon Trust

39740  Patterson Ln $790,000 Scott Elliott           John Kunkel

 

SOLD HOME STATISTICS SOLON OHIO – FEBRUARY 2014

 

Date                                         # of homes sold         Ave. Sales Price             

February 2014                               15                           $295,892

February 2013                               13                           $340,192

 

*source NEOHREX ( Regional MLS )

 

COMMENTARY:

We’ve gotten off to a decent start in 2014. The actual number of sales so far is higher than in 2013, which was a fantastic year in real estate. It’s simply too early to tell if this year will be better, but the signs do show promise.

As predicted, the number of homes for sale has increased from last month as smart sellers are looking to get an early jump on the spring market. We saw 6 homes come on the market this past week and 29 since February 1st.   There are currently 71 active listings, up from 62 this time last month.

MOVING FORWARD:

We anticipate things slowing down right around spring break but will then pick up significantly as we head into April. There will be a ton of homes coming onto the market over the next 90 days, creating a lot of activity for buyers and sellers. The hottest market is in the $300,000-$400,000 price point, where nice homes can expect to sell very quickly, perhaps in a matter of days.

If you are thinking about selling your Solon home, you should seriously consider taking advantage of a strong market this spring. There are no guarantees next year will be any better, so waiting may not be worth the risk.

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About The Authors

The above information is compliments of The Schuman Team, Amy and Dan, Solon residents and agents with Howard Hanna Real Estate Services.

They can be reached at 216-346-3235 or 216-403-9189 or via email, danschuman@howardhanna.com or amyschuman@howardhanna.com.

The Schumans service the following Cleveland area suburbs: Aurora, Bainbridge, Bay Village, Beachwood, Bentleyville, Chagrin Falls, Cleveland Heights, Gates Mills, Highland Heights, Hunting Valley, Lakewood, Lyndhurst, Mayfield Heights, Mayfield Village, Moreland Hills, Oakwood Village, Orange, Pepper Pike, Shaker Heights, Solon, South Euclid, University Heights, Westlake, Woodmere.

Solon Ohio Real Estate – Market Report February 2014 is the property of The Schuman Team and may not be duplicated or used without their written consent.©March, 2014