Moving With Your Pets
Moving & Pets
Moving is stressful already. Add pets into the mix, and the stress can rise. You must consider everything from airline transportation regulations to their health and safety. Once you have arrived at your new home, you will need to introduce them to their new space and help them adjust. We’ve compiled some points to help you help your furry family relocate.
Moving your pets takes careful planning. Even the most well-trained, calm dog or cat can become nervous during a move. Be sure you are well prepared to help them meet the challenge. Use checklists, research travel requirements, gather their vet documents and consider help from a pet relocation service. Be sure to include the to-dos for Fluffy and Fido on your overall moving planner.
Obtain Your Pet’s Veterinary Records
When you have moved into your new home, your new vet can always request your pet’s records from the previous veterinarian. That will take some time. Besides, you will likely need proof of vaccinations (particularly rabies) when moving interstate. So, get copies before the move and keep them in an accessible location.
Consider Your Pet’s Emotional Needs
Almost all animals experience some anxiety when traveling. Whether you plan to drive or fly, be sure to tend to your pet’s emotional needs for better adjustment in your new home. You can give them extra attention leading up to the move, or you may talk to your vet about a sedative. Stick to your usual routines as much as possible including feeding, walking, and bedtime routines. This helps maintain the consistency during a time of many changes.
Check with the Airlines First About Rules and Regulations
We’ve all heard about the traveler who wanted to bring her emotional support peacock on board an airplane. If you are planning to fly with your furry or feathered family member, contact the airline first to check what they will or can allow. You want to know about additional fees as well. Some airlines restrict certain dog breeds. Research what types of kennels and travel totes are allowed. In other words, you don’t want to arrive at the airport with your pet tarantula without the proper traveling equipment.
Make Sure the Kennel is Well-Ventilated
Whether you are using a kennel or a tote, always ensure that it’s properly ventilated before you move. You can ask your veterinarian for their opinion as well. Your pet needs to breathe normally. In addition, make sure the carrier bag is clearly labeled with your pet’s name and ID number.
Check with Your Vet About Feeding on Moving Day
Always check with your vet first, but giving your pet a large meal just prior to flying or driving could lead to problems during the trip. Cats can be prone to vomiting and esophageal problems. Dogs may experience anxiety or motion sickness. You don’t want your pet to lose their meal during the trip. Be sure to strategically plan your pet’s meals when moving to avoid dealing with unexpected surprises while on the road.
Exercise Your Pet Before the Move
Do you like to take a walk to clear your head? It works for your pets as well. Give them plenty of exercise on the day of the move. A tired dog is a good dog, right? So take the time to throw the ball, walk them outside or play with them inside the house.
Keep Your Pet’s Belongings Separate
When you relocate your pets to a new home, they will derive special comfort from having their familiar beds, toys, and blankets available. Keeping them separate will ensure that everything stays organized throughout the day. Plus, you will know where the pet’s food and essentials are located when you need them. A pet’s moving day essentials bag might include food, bottled water, bowls for water and food, necessary medication, kitty litter, poop bags, chew toys and blankets.
Keep Them Contained During the Packing and Loading
Moving has its hazards especially for pets. Movers can leave doors open, heavy boxes can tip over, and your pet can be a tripping hazard. To keep them safe and secure, we recommend either crating your pet or keeping them sequestered in a room before and after a move. This will keep them out of harm’s way throughout the stressful process.
Don’t Try Out New Food When Moving
Moving day is not the day to start your pet on a new diet. Consistency is crucial for them. This is true for any type of pet, whether it’s a dog, cat, reptile, or bird. Changing their food can also disrupt their digestion and cause stomach problems throughout the move. Play it safe by packing enough of their usual food and treats to last several days.
Fluffy and Fido will do just fine if you plan ahead a little. Keep their routines consistent. Check with the airlines. Contact your veterinarian for their travel tips. And, enjoy your new home once you arrive.