Moving with Pets 101
Updated: Jan 23
Got a furry friend or two that’s making a move with you? There are a few unique challenges that come with relocating the fluffier members of your family, and I’d like to help you make that transition as smooth for them as possible.
Pack A Moving Day Bag
Just like in my article about moving day bags for humans, your pet needs their own moving day bag. Pack enough food, litter, toys, medicines, and other supplies you’ll need to get your pet through the hectic days of unpacking.
Secure Vet Services
Before you move, you’ll want to have a vet scouted out in your new home area. Once you’ve taken care of this, get in contact with your new vet. They can forward any medical records, prescriptions, and other info that will keep your pet healthy and happy. You’ll also want to take this time to have their microchip and tag information updated to reflect your new address.
Travel with Your Pet In Your Own Car
Moving days are so high-energy, any pet is likely to be spooked. That’s why it’s important to travel with your pet in your own car. Never put them in the moving truck; instead, choose to pack their carrier securely in the back of your car so you know they have proper supervision and access to a place free of extreme temperature.
Set Up an Area for Your Pet
Moving is going to be unsettling for your pet, so it’s best to keep them in a quiet, secluded place with familiar toys and comfortable temperatures. If you can, arrange for them to stay with a friend or in a kennel while you finish unpacking, but if you can’t or don’t want to do that, set up a small area just for your pet that isn’t too loud, and make sure to check on them frequently.
That’s that! Follow all of these steps, and in no time both you and your pet will be at ease in your new home.