Moving is a stressful, chaotic time for everyone involved. Trying to keep track of all your belongings, locating new doctors’ offices and convenient shopping centers and adjusting to new schools and work spaces are just a few of the many concerns that might be on your mind.
In the midst of all the activity, don’t forget about the needs of your critter companions. Moving is an extremely stressful time for pets too, so keep this checklist in mind when moving with a pet to make things easier on both you and your furry friend.
Preparing for Travel
Before your big move, consult your trusted veterinarian for referrals and advice. Some of the most important travel preparations can be accomplished with the help of your vet. Their knowledge and experiences can prove invaluable and save you a lot of time and effort. Be sure to check off the following items before you move in order to avoid hiccups while traveling.
- Obtain hard copies of all your pet’s records
- Make sure your pet is up to date on all required vaccines
- Obtain a health certificate for travel, if necessary
- Purchase sedatives for travel, if necessary
- Stock up on any medications your pet needs in the near future
- Identification tags and microchip must have current contact information
- Take a current photograph of your pet
- Find a proper crate in which your pet can travel
Preparing Your New Home
Don’t forget that your new home is also your pet’s new home. In order to make the transition as easy as possible for them, keep these things in mind before introducing your pet into their new living space.
- Decorate and organize your new home as much as possible before your pet arrives
- Unpack as many boxes as you can before introducing your pet to the household
- Create safe, familiar spaces in your new home for your pet
- Lay out your pet’s favorite toys and beds to create a comfortable environment
Familiarize Yourself With Your New Surroundings
Remember that moving doesn’t need to be a negative experience; you are moving forward and taking your best furry friend with you. Both before and after you make your final move, keep an eye out for nearby locations that can be essential to you and your pet. This can help give you peace of mind and also give you something to look forward to doing with your pet after you move.
- Find a new vet in your new home
- Locate the nearest emergency vet
- Find nearby boarding facilities and groomers
- Familiarize yourself with nearby pet stores
- Explore the area for pet-friendly parks and safe places to walk
Consult the Experts When Moving With a Pet
Keep in mind that pets are incredibly sensitive to our emotions. If you remain positive and relaxed, your pet will likely respond similarly. If you are negative and wound up, however, your pet will sense that there is something to fear. When in doubt, contact the door to door pet moving experts at Pet Van Lines. Moving with a pet is bound to be stressful, but we are here to help decrease your anxieties as much as possible.