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