Moving Your Pets

So, in addition to moving your family, another difficult part of the moving process can be moving your pets. Finding moving boxes or moving supplies for your pet isn’t the difficult part, but making sure they’re used to the new living space and surrounding environment is an important factor to consider. Lots of factors go into moving pets that many people don’t consider. Being aware that your pet will undergo any changes you experience can make your move more manageable. Here are some tips:


So you’ve planned well for you and your family for this move. What about your pets? Consider these helpful tips to keep the furry members of your family happy and healthy during your move.

Get all veterinarian records, particularly vaccination history

Having records to give to your new veterinarian will help the transition go more smoothly. This information is also helpful should you have to register your pet in your new location.

Make sure all shots are up to date

It may be a while before you settle in to your new location. If your pet is due, or almost due, ask your veterinarian to update all your pet’s shots before moving.

Update ID tags / chips

Be sure the tag has your new address. Consider including your cell phone number should your pet get lost during the move you can be contacted. If your pet has an imbedded chip, make sure it is updated as well.

Prior to the move stick to your routine

Do the best you can to maintain your pets regular routine including feeding, walking, and attention. Animals can sense changes in routine and attitude which can lead to agitation making them more difficult to control.

Use a protective carrier

If you are like many movers your pet(s) will be riding along with you. Be sure to acquire a carrier or restraint system to keep your animal safe in the car. For cats, it is always best to use a safe carrier. Be sure to stock it with your pet’s favorite toys. Also, be sure the crate is well secured using a seat belt.

Prepare a pet travel kit

Before the move have a kit including food, water, and medications for use during the move.

Schedule a grooming

Have your pet groomed a week or so before the move. It will be a more pleasant experience having a clean pet in the car, and the first day in your new home.

Find a new veterinarian

Ask your current veterinarian for a recommendation or review clinics in your new location on line.

If possible, bring your pet to your new neighborhood before moving

If possible bring your pet next time you visit your new location. This will help your pet become familiar with its new surroundings and lower anxiety the day you move in.

Check pet regulations before moving in

Check state and local pet regulations before you move. Some may require special licenses.

Take photos

Be sure to have photos of your pet in the unlikely event you become separated during the move. This will help in locating it.

Confirm your new location is pet-friendly

It’s likely if you have already decided to move that you have selected a pet-friendly apartment or condo, but you have a lot on your mind! It can’t hurt to confirm again.

Contact your veterinarian or research more information on how to move pets such as fish, birds, reptiles, and other animals.

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