Moving With Your Pet

Moving can be a very stressful experience for both you and your pet. Here are some steps to make the move easier on your pet.

Part 1 – Preparing for the move

Step 1: Make a moving schedule

-          Make a plan and stick to it. Once you have a plan, you can care for your pets in the best way possible during this stressful time.

Step 2: Call the vet and schedule an appointment as soon as you can.

-          Tell them you are moving and ask for advice.

-          If your pet is almost due for its shots, now is a good time to get them. It may take a while for you to find a new vet and you may need updated shot records for boarding/traveling.

-          Get a sedative for your pet if your vet feels it could be beneficial.

-          Get copies of vet records and vaccine certificates as you may need to show documentation.

-          Refill prescriptions as you may not know where you can get these items in your new location.

Step 3: Verify that your new accommodations are pet friendly

-          This should be verified before you make the decision to move but it does not hurt to double check.

Step 4: Make your airline reservations directly with the airline if you are flying to your new destination.

-          Travel on the same flight as your pet.  Watch them load and unload your pet.

-          Notify the captain that your pet is on board as they may have special precautions for this.

-          Contact airlines about any special guidelines

-          Ask about additional costs involved. Inquire if you must fax vet records in before hand

-          Ask what the specific maximum carrier measurements are. They should not be cramped and should have food and water available.

-          Arrive early so your pet can go to the bathroom etc.

Step 5: Schedule Boarding For Moving Day

-          Moving can be hard on your pet so find somewhere for them to be away from it all.

Step 6: Groom Your Pet Prior to moving

-          Trim nails, cut fur etc. This will reduce smells and cause less damage to your vehicle.

Step 7: Research Your Route If Driving

-          If you will be staying at a hotel make sure it is pet friendly

-          Have scheduled pit stops for the comfort of your pet.

Step 8: Make A List Of Items You Will Need On The Road And Don’t Pack Them On The Truck

-          Don’t want to need something and not have it in an emergency

Step 9: Spoil Your Pet During This Stressful Time

-          Give them their favorite treats, play with them, do whatever makes them happy and will reduce the stress of moving day.

Part 2: Moving Day

Step 1: Try To Keep Your Normal Schedule As Much As Possible

-          Routine will help your pet stay calm so do things such as feed and walk them as close to a normal time as possible.

Step 2: Enter You New Home Before Your Pet

-          Search for anything that could be harmful to your pet. If you are alone keep your pet on a leash.

Step 3: Once It Is Safe, Release Your Pet From The Kennel Or Leash

-          Make sure all windows and doors are closed and allow your pet to get used to its new home.

Step 4: Lay Out Familiar Items.

-          Items such as toys and beds. This will aid in accepting the new home.

Step 5: Take Time Out To Play With Your Pet And Give Them Attention

-          This will give them time to associate their new home as a positive place.

Step 6: Update Their ID Tags

-          Change all information on tags and microchips as it is easier to get lost in a new place.

Step 7: Go Over Your New Yard To Make Sure It Is Pet Proof

-          Make sure there are no harmful items or chemicals, gates are closed and fence is secure.

Step 8: Keep Outdoor Cats Inside For A Few Days

-          Do this until they get acclimatized.

Step 9: Enjoy Your New Home With Your Pet




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