Visit the Veterinarian
Unless you’re moving with pets to another neighborhood in your current city, you’ll probably change veterinarians after you’re situated in your new location. Make sure that your pets are up-to-date on their vaccinations and that you’ve got plenty of their prescribed medications. If your pet is prone to anxiety, your veterinarian may want to prescribe a mild sedative to help smooth out the rough edges of the moving process.
Pack a Travel Kit
Pack a separate bag for your pet containing everything it needs for the duration of the move, such as food, water and food bowls, medications, treats, and an extra collar and leash. Don’t forget to include a couple of your pet’s favorite blankets and toys, and be sure to pack extra food and medication just in case something happens and you’re delayed for a day or so.
Hard copies of veterinary records should be included so that you’ll have them on hand in the event that it becomes necessary to visit an emergency vet at some point during your trip. It’s also a good idea to bring along several printouts of good, clear photos of your pet so that you’ll have something quick and accessible if your pet should happen to get lost. Printouts are larger than the photos on your digital device, and they also make good “lost pet” posters in a pinch.
Maintain Your Routine
Domestic pets thrive on routine, so follow your normal schedule as closely as possible during the move. Keeping consistent feeding, walking, and playtime schedules helps promote a sense of security for your pet.
Although it may be tempting to stray from your normal day-to-day groove in the excitement of exploring new surroundings, maintaining your pet’s routine is also important after you arrive at your new home. Also, make sure that you have a quiet, designated space in your new house where your pet can retreat if it needs some extra comfort during the period of adjustment.
If you’re planning on moving with pets in the near future, you’re probably looking forward to enjoying life in a new location — but you may also be understandably apprehensive about keeping your furry friend calm and safe throughout the relocation process. Fortunately, strategies exist to help ensure that your move goes as smoothly as possible for everyone involved, including your pets. Here’s what you need to know about moving with your fur babies:
Make a Plan
You should start making a plan for your move as soon as you have a rough idea of what your itinerary will be. Moves that are going to take several days will naturally require more extensive planning than if you’re simply moving across town
If your move involves spending one or more nights on the road while on the way to your new destination, making advance reservations for pet-friendly lodging will circumvent any unpleasant surprises. If you play it by ear, you run the risk of not being able to find appropriate accommodations for the night.