Dachshund in a moving box. Photo by Erda Estremera on Unsplash.

Moving With A Pet

Moving with a pet requires careful planning and preparation to ensure a smooth transition for your furry friend. Here’s a checklist to help you prepare for moving with a pet:


Update identification: Ensure your pet’s ID tags are up to date with your new address and contact information. Consider getting a microchip implanted for added security.


Research local regulations: Look into any specific regulations or requirements for pets in your new location, such as licensing, vaccination requirements, or breed restrictions.


Schedule a vet visit: Take your pet to the veterinarian for a check-up. Ensure vaccinations are up to date and obtain a health certificate if required by your new location.


Update contact information: Notify your current veterinarian of your upcoming move and request recommendations for a new vet in your destination area. Transfer any prescriptions or medications to the new vet if necessary.


Obtain records: Request copies of your pet’s medical records, including vaccination history, prescriptions, and any special health needs. These will be useful when registering with a new vet.


Prepare a pet travel kit: Assemble a travel kit for your pet, including their food, water, medication, leash, collar, waste bags, bed,  and toys. Keep these readily accessible during the move.


Plan transportation: Decide on the best mode of transportation for your pet. If traveling by car, ensure your pet’s safety by using a secure carrier or harness. If flying, check the airline’s pet travel policies and book in advance.


Research pet-friendly stops: If you’re driving long distances, research and plan pet-friendly rest stops along your route. Identify areas where your pet can stretch their legs and relieve themselves safely.


Gradually introduce carriers: If your pet is not used to being in a carrier, gradually introduce them to it before the move. Leave the carrier open in your home with treats and toys inside, allowing your pet to explore and associate it with positive experiences.


Keep your pet secure on moving day: On moving day, keep your pet in a quiet and secure area, away from the chaos of moving boxes and furniture. This will prevent them from getting lost or injured in the process.


Arrange for temporary pet care: If there are specific parts of the moving process that may be stressful for your pet, such as packing or unpacking or moving day itself, consider arranging for a trusted friend or pet sitter to care for your pet temporarily.


Establish a routine: Pets thrive on routine, so try to establish a consistent schedule for feeding, exercise, and playtime in your new home as soon as possible.

Remember, moving can be stressful for pets, so be patient and provide plenty of love and reassurance during the transition.


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