Moving to a new home can be stressful on your pets, but there are a few things you can do to make the process as painless as possible. Here are some helpful tips to ease the transition and keep pets safe (and happy).
1. Update your Pet’s Tag
Make sure your pet is wearing a sturdy collar with an identification tag that is labeled with your current contact information, including cell phone number, so that you can be reached immediately during the move.
2. Ask for Veterinary Records
If you’re moving far enough away that you’ll need a new veterinarian, you should ask for a current copy of your pet’s vaccinations. Depending on your destination, your pet may need additional vaccinations, medications, and health certificates.
3. Keep Medications and Food on Hand
Keep at least one week’s worth of food and medication with you in case of an emergency. You may want to ask for an extra prescription refill before you move.
4. Seclude your Pet from Chaos
Pets can feel vulnerable on moving day. Keep them in a safe, quiet, well-ventilated place. Make sure your pet is familiar with the new crate before moving day by gradually introducing him or her to the crate before your trip.
5. Prepare a First Aid Kit
A few recommended supplies: Your veterinarian’s phone number, gauze to wrap wounds or to muzzle your pet, adhesive tape for bandages, non-stick bandages, towels, and hydrogen peroxide (3%).
6. Play it Safe in the Car
It’s best to travel with your dog in a crate; second best is to use a restraining harness. When it comes to cats, it’s always best for their safety and yours to use a well-ventilated carrier in the car. Secure the crate or carrier with a seat belt and provide your pet with familiar toys. Have plenty of kitty litter and plastic bags on hand, and keep your pet on its regular diet and eating schedule.
7. Get ready for take off
When traveling by air, be sure to check with the airline about pet requirements or restrictions. Give yourself plenty of time to work out the arrangement and consult your vet when needed.
8. Find a new vet and emergency hospital
Ask for recommendations from your current vet, ask around in your new community for suggestions, and check out the facility before bringing your pets.
9. Prep your new home for pets
Pets may be frightened and confused in new surroundings. Upon your arrival at your new home, immediately set out all the familiar and necessary things your pet will need: food, water, medications, bed, litter box, toys, etc. Pack these items in a hardy spot so they can be unpacked right away.
10. Learn more about your new area
Once you find a veterinarian, ask if there are any local health concerns such as heart worm or Lyme disease. Also, be aware of any unique laws, such as restrictive breed laws. Homeowner’s Association may also have restrictions-perhaps that all dogs are kept on leashes.