Moving with pets is tricky so here are some tips to help you out
General Pet moving tips
Maintain Normal Routine. Pack over a period of time and try to maintain your pet’s normal routine. Advance planning will make your move less stressful.
If you are planning to rent a house or apartment, be sure to carefully review the lease to ensure that pets are allowed before you move in.
- If your new home will be rented, prepare a pet resume for prospective landlords. Your vet may agree to write a referral letter.
- While moving fish it’s wise to visit your local Aquarium or Pet Shop and ask for special fish containers to safely transport your fish. They should be able to offer suggestions on what’s best for different types of fish.
- Have a recent photo of your pet on hand in the unfortunate event that your pet runs off while moving
Check Local Laws and Pet Regulations
Certain localities may have stringent requirements or restrictions regarding pet ownership. You may need permits or registrations once you get to your new abode. You need to abide by the laws in the county and the state regarding pets. For example, some counties and states may have laws regarding the amount of pets you can have at one residence. And some may have laws on the types of pets that are permitted. In most places, you’ll need to have your pet licensed and you’ll have to do this within a certain amount of time.
Schedule an appointment with your veterinarian.
- Your pet should have a check-up before moving. Be sure to attain your pet’s veterinary records so that they can be forwarded to your new veterinarian.
- Make sure that your pet’s medical records are up-to-date.
- Bring copies of the records with you.
- Secure a New Vet: It’s important to have a new veterinarian lined up before you move. Ask your current vet for a referral or research new veterinarian online.
Make Sure Your Pet Wears New Identification
Get a new pet ID tag that includes your pet’s name, your name, new address and telephone number. An up-to-date ID tag is a lost pet’s ticket home and the name and phone number of a friend or relative, as well. It’s good to have two points of contact on the tag, in case you’re away from your cell phone when Fido or Fluffy gets lost.
Make A Special Room For Your Pet.
A few days before moving, choose a small room to be the “pet room.” Tape a sign to the door that says “Pets: Do Not Open.” Make the sign large enough that friends or movers can see it easily. Move food and water bowls, as well as toys, into this room. Provide dogs and cats with sturdy carriers equipped with litterbox (for cats), chew toys, or favorite objects that have a familiar smell. Leave carrier doors open so pets can adapt to them before travel day. On moving day, keep animals in their carriers. As an alternative, consider boarding dogs and cats, or ask a friend to care-take your dogs during the last few days. Do this during your move in as well. Containing your pet in a pet carrier on moving day will keep them safely confined as well. And again, be sure to maintain their regular feeding, walking, and potty break schedule.
Check on your pet throughout the day. Be sure to maintain their regular feeding, walking, and potty break schedule.
Prepare Your New Home: Pets love familiar surroundings so be sure to take with you all the familiar and necessary things your pet will need from day one in your new home.
Keep them Leashed: Even pets that are excellent under voice control can be easily distracted in a new environment. Therefore, make sure that your pet is leashed when not in the house or yard until they become comfortable with their new surroundings.
Moving Pets by Car
- Many dogs and cats may find car travel extremely distressing. Some may even get car sick.
- You will have to be ready to make many stops along the way. Several small pets (such as birds, guinea pigs, birds, etc.) can be easily transported via automobile. A good, simple way of keeping them calm and quiet is to cover their cage with a cloth.
- Long distance moves may require an overnight stop. Remember to call hotels in advance to make sure that they will allow your pet to stay in the hotel.
- Have a plan for how you’re going to properly restrain your pet in your vehicle. Vehicle pet barriers, pet seat belts, pet car seats, and pet travel crates are all excellent ways to keep your pet (and you) safe when traveling in your vehicle. It’s important to familiarize your pet with the vehicle restraint of choice weeks or months before traveling so that they are comfortable
Travel Pet Pack Checklist
- Veterinary records, certificates, and recent photos
- Beds (pillows, towels, or other crate liners) and an old T-shirt or rag with your scent on it.
- Plastic bags and scoops for dogs
- Your pets’ usual foods and plenty of water from the home you’re leaving (changing their water source can be disorienting and upset their stomachs)
- Food and water bowls, a can opener, and re-sealable lids
- Leashes for cats and dogs
- Litterbox for cats
- Cage covers for birds and rodents
- Paper towels, a sponge, and plenty of plastic bags for messes just in case
- A favorite toy or two,, chew bones, and treats
- Provisions for the first day at the new home
- an old T-shirt or rag with your scent on it
Check on Airline Rules for Pets
If you’re traveling by air, you have another set of issues to consider. You’ll need a pet carrier for each pet. Check with the airline to see if the carrier can be kept in the cabin. Some airlines require that all carriers be stowed in luggage compartments. Others allow small carriers to be kept by your seat. You’ll also need to show that your pet has been immunized. For example, most airlines will require proof of rabies shots, a certificate of veterinary inspection (signed by your vet) and an acclimation certificate. Also, there will most likely be a $50 to $150 fee for transporting your pet via air. There are also age restrictions for pet air travel, so check into those. When transporting by plane, try to book a direct flight. If you will be transporting your dog or cat by air, you must have the following details in order:
- A recent health certificate provided by your veterinarian
- A pet carrier that complies with airline regulations
- Don’t forget to confirm rules and regulations with your pet transporter so that you can purchase any pet products that may be needed.
- Always take your dog for a long walk before the trip.
- Remember to advise your pet transporter of any specific requirements for your pet.
- You should keep your cat indoors for at least 24 hours at your new home.
- Never feed your pet too much before the trip.
- Unless it is absolutely necessary, it is best not to sedate your pet.
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