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5 Things to Consider When Moving With a Pet

Whether you are moving to a different part of the city or moving across the country, it can be a highly dreaded and stressful time. You’ve probably thought about many various things like packing boxes, obtaining tenant insurance, and hiring a moving company, but what about your furry friend? 

Pets add an entirely different set of needs and the level of responsibility to your move. Of course, you want them to adjust well to this enormous life change and be as comfortable as possible. Thorough planning is one of the most crucial things which will help you both in a smooth transition.

Create a Checklist

You know your pet better than anyone. Your checklist should be based on their individual daily needs and personality. It will help you ensure your companion is well taken care of. 

The list needs to include each of the following areas:

  • Overall Health 
  • Emotional Needs
  • Physical Needs
  • Safety
  • Laws and Regulations

Overall Health

Some pets may have limited experience visiting the veterinarian while others have a lengthy medical history. If your pet has any health concerns, these need to be taken into consideration. Before moving, it’s advisable to talk to the vet about the risks and possible complications that might occur.

You also need to obtain a health certificate and vaccination record. Sustaining your pet’s overall health may include having a vast supply of medications they might need and having a vet to contact in case of an emergency.

Emotional Needs

Some pets may be used to travel and chaos, while others could be easily frightened by it. When packing for the big move, bring moving boxes to your place in advance and pack little by little if possible. Don’t forget to keep a few of their favorite items aside to take on the trip.

Put your pet in a quiet room on moving day to help keep their emotions at bay. Throughout the moving process, try to normalize their routine and schedule. You can put some familiar items like a favorite stuffed animal or a blanket close to them during travel. This will help them stay calm and have a sense of home. 

In some instances, it might be helpful to give anxiety medication to your pet. However, you should always discuss this with your vet beforehand.

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Physical Needs

If you decide to use a carrier, choose one that allows your pet to stand and move around freely. If traveling without it, make sure they have a comfortable place to stand and sleep. 

Exercising and stretching are also an important thing to remember. If the trip will be longer than a couple of hours, it is necessary to set aside time to take your pet for a stroll, play, or simply to let them have a break. Finding pet-friendly rest areas can be helpful. You should also keep in mind the bathroom needs of your pet. If you have a young puppy or an older dog, you’ll need to plan for more frequent bathroom breaks.

Safety 

Keeping your pet safe can be very energy and time-consuming. While choosing your future home, you should consider the safety of your furry friend. Before taking a trip, don’t forget to have a microchip placed and attach an identity tag to the collar in case they run away or get lost. 

During your move, keep the doors of your vehicle closed and make sure there is no chance for them to run away. Always keep your pet on a leash, and don’t let other animals get close, as it can make your buddy uncomfortable. 

Once you arrive at your new home, pet-proofing should be done immediately. You can achieve it by tucking away electrical cords, securing the screens, and making sure there are no poisonous plants in the house or apartment.

Laws and Regulations

Generally, you need to have all vaccinations up to date and certifications of health. However, different states in the US have specific laws and regulations regarding pet entry. For example, Hawaii requires a mandatory quarantine for all pets entering and has a lengthy paper process to follow. It’s your responsibility to go through all requirements beforehand and ensure that you meet all compliance measures. 

Conclusion

Even though the move is an exhausting process, don’t forget to give your pet some extra love and attention. As humans, we can anticipate, plan, and adjust to make this process a smooth transition. Our beloved pets can’t do this, but instead, they rely on you to make the best choices for their well-being. Don’t forget to consider all points on the checklist and ask for help if you feel like you need some! There are many pet relocation services available if you need an extra hand.

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