9 Tips for Moving with Pets
Moving to a new house is not only stressful to your family but also to your pets. Fortunately, there are things you can do to make the process as easy as possible. Here are nine helpful tips you can use to make the transition easy while keeping your pets safe during the move.
1. Update the tag of your pet. Make sure that your pet has a sturdy collar with accurate identification tag, which includes your new house’s location, telephone number, and mobile number so you can be reached immediately in case your pet gets lost during the move.
2. Ask for your pet’s veterinary records. If you are moving to another state, you will need a new vet. Ask for the copy of your pet’s vaccination and medical history to give to your new vet. Depending on the location you are moving to, your pet may need additional vaccinations, health certificates, and medications. In case of emergency or in case your new vet needs more information, keep your former vet’s number handy.
3. Keep one’s week worth of food and medications on hand. Vets cannot write a prescription without prior doctor/patient relationship, causing delays on medication. Ask your former vet for an extra prescription refill before you move. Purchase an extra supply of therapeutic food in case you cannot find a place to buy them.
4. Keep your pets safe. On moving day, keep your pet in a quiet and well ventilated place. If you are using travel crates for moving, gradually introduce your pet to it.
5. Bring a first aid kit. You should bring with you a muzzle, adhesive tapes, bandages, towels, and hydrogen peroxide to be prepared. You can use a blanket or floor mats as an emergency stretcher as well.
6. Travel with a crate. Secure the crate and provide your pet with familiar toys. Never leave your pet in an open bed of truck or the storage area to avoid injury and theft.
7. Get ready for takeoff. If you are traveling by air, check the airline for pet requirements. Some airlines allow pets in the cabin, but you need a special crate for that. If traveling is stressful for your pet, talk with your vet on how to lessen the stress of travel.
8. Find a new vet clinic before you move. Talk to pet owners in your new community and choose a hospital with clean kennels. Also check for appointments to meet the vet and make sure your pet will receive the best care.
9. Prepare your new home. Your pet may be frightened or confused in a new environment so immediately set out all familiar things your pet needs such as food, water, litter, bed, toys, and medications. Keep all windows and door closed, and be cautious of narrow gaps where your pet may hide. Send out photos of your pet with your phone number to be safe.