Moving with a pet

Moving with Your Pet(s)

Pets are a fundamental part of our families, and chances are you’ll be moving to your new home with your furry friend. There is usually chaos when you move, however, and you might not realize how much it stresses your pets. So, how do you make the transition as safe and easy as possible for your furry friends?

Help Your Pet(s) Adjust to the Moving Process

Bring in moving boxes well before the move to let your pets get used to them. On the day of the move, keep your furry friends in a familiar room that you plan to pack up last. During the moving process, try to keep your pet’s routine as normal as possible.

If your pet has never been in a carrier, introduce the idea slowly. If your move is long-distance, it is likely that your pet will need to be crate-trained well before your move. When your pet becomes comfortable with the carrier, the next step is familiarizing them with car travel.

You know your pet better than anyone, so you can probably predict how smoothly the move will go. If you know that your pet is very skittish, talk to your veterinarian about medication to help keep your pet calm during this stressful time.

Pet-Proofing Your New Home

Tuck away electrical cords, plug up nooks where your pet could get stuck, make sure that all windows have secure screens, and remove any poisonous plants. Confirm that no pest-control poison traps have been left anywhere in the house.

Your new, unfamiliar place can be overwhelming to your pet. Start by allowing them to adjust to one room. Include their favorite toys, treats, water, and food bowls (and litter box for cats). Then, gradually, with patience, introduce your pet to other rooms.

Check the New State’s Laws & Regulations

Most states have rules and laws regulating the entry of animals and pets into their borders. Learn about the local laws of the state you are moving into. You can contact your new state to learn about any rules, licenses, and fees involved in moving with pets. Start with a veterinarian, the city clerk, or town hall.

Don’t Leave Pet(s) in Your Moving Truck

If you are using a moving truck, don’t put your pets inside. For their safety, pets should accompany you in your personal vehicle.

Prepare Your Pet’s Documents Before Moving

Schedule a visit to the veterinarian and update your pets’ identification tags and records. A lot of states require a health certificate listing of all your pet’s immunizations. Also, attach a new tag to your pet, with your pet’s name, your name, your destination address, permanent ID, rabies tags, and microchip.