Moving with Pets

Moving with Pets

Moving is a challenging event for anyone but particularly so for those with pets. Here's how to make your move with pets easier and safer.

Before the move

Prepare a new identification tag for your pet with your new address and phone number (or cell phone if you do not have a working phone at your destination).
Carry a current picture of each pet with you in case your pet gets lost during the move.
Use to locate pet-friendly lodging enroute.
If you are moving to an apartment, co-op, condo, townhoouse, or home covered by association, contact the association to learn of any fees or restrictions.
Discuss the move with your veterinarian to learn of any pet-specific recommendations and to get a copy of your pet's medical file, shot records. Ask that a health certificate be issued and keep the certificate on your person during the move.
If you have not already, make certain you have your pet microchipped.
Maintain as close to normal of a schedule leading up the move to avoid stress on your pet.
When packing make certain not to stack boxes high enough to fall on, and injure, your pet.
Carry extra of the pet's regular food and any medications in case you get delayed.

During the move

Place your pet in a safe room the day of the move to prevent escape. Place a sign on the door and prevent the movers from opening it.
Verify movers do not stack boxes high enough to fall on, and injure, your pet.
Use familiar bedding, toys, and food and water bowls during the move and afterwards until the pets seem fully acclimated.

Your arrival

Set and place your pet in a safe room to prevent escape. Place your pet's toys, bedding, and food and water bowls in the room. Place a sign on the door and prevent the movers from opening it.
One movers have left, verify all doors and windows are secure before letting your pet out of the safe room.
Make certain that all dangerous foods, chemicals, and other hazardous items are put out of reach immediately.
Keep your pet confined indoors and on a leash outdoors until it realizes this is its new home and you'll be back for it. If you have an outdoor cat, keep it inside for a minimum of one week.
To the extent you can, try minimize the amount of time your pet is left alone in the new home for a week or two.
Locate a new veterinarian and the nearest animal emergency hospital.
Contact local officials to learn of licensing requirements, required vaccinations, leash laws, and any other applicable restrictions.


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