Getting a cat, dog or other pets ready for an upcoming move can be tricky. Fortunately, Collegian Movers is here to help you enjoy a quick, seamless transition to a new address when moving with pets.
Now, let’s take a look at four Moving With Pets Tips that every pet owner needs to know.
Prepare Your Pet’s Records
If you’re moving far away from your current address, you likely will need to find a new veterinarian in the near future. As such, it pays to prepare your pet’s records today to avoid potential problems down the line.
Ask your current veterinarian for a copy of your pet’s records. Receiving these records in advance will save you time in the long run, as your new veterinarian will want to have access to them. So, rather than having to request them, they will be readily accessible.
If you are moving by air or flying to your new location, while your home furnishings are being transported by professional movers, be sure to have your pet’s health and rabies certificates on hand. Most airline pet policies require these certificates within 10 days of travel. They must also be issued by a licensed veterinarian.
Additionally, it is important to assure you have provided your pet with some form of identification. If your dog or cat runs off during a move, this is your best chance of retrieval. The ID tag should include your pet’s name, your name and phone number.
It may also be helpful to have an easily accessible photograph of your pet with you during the move. Plus, a description of any distinguishing markings, names they may answer to, or foods that may help to attract or calm them would also be helpful.
Help Your Pet Manage Stress
Moving is stressful, even for a pet. However, there are simple strategies to help your pet alleviate stress throughout the moving process.
For example, keeping your pet away from the actual movers is a good suggestion. Often, if a pet sees familiar furniture or other items leaving your home, he or she may start to feel anxious. On the other hand, spending extra time with your pet while movers pick up your belongings may help your pet minimize stress on moving day.
Plus, keeping your pets away from the action of people coming and going will increase the productivity of the movers and the flow of traffic. We suggest you keep your pets in a safe place on moving day. Often a laundry room or bathroom are good options. Once you decide upon your safe room, be sure to set them up with food, water, and good ventilation for the day. Then, be sure to keep the door closed and label it for safety. Another option is to board your pet at a local kennel or send them to a sitter, friends house, or doggie daycare center for the day.
Protect Your Pet While Traveling
If you are traveling to your new home by car, we suggest you keep your pet crated while you’re driving. You’ll be glad you did. It is unsafe for your pet to roam free in your car. This is especially true when you are going to be on the road for several hours. Conversely, if you keep your pet in a crate, you’ll help them remain safe for the duration of your journey & the familiarity of the crate may calm them.
If you are traveling by airplane, check prior to moving date that your pet has met all necessary airline requirements. In addition, pick up a pet crate and consult with a veterinarian before your flight.
Prepare an Overnight Bag for Your Pet
Moving is stressful for you and your pets. Being overly prepared tends to make the process of moving less stressful. So, be sure to pack an overnight bag for you and a pet travel kit. That way you have everything they need when they need it. Remember to include the basics of both food & and water plus the necessary dishes or bowls to hold them. Since pets need to be active often, also remember to pack a leash, and a few treats to reward them for good behavior.
In addition, be sure to pack their favorite toy and/or some type of bedding to keep their environment familiar. Lastly, don’t forget a scooper and plastic bags for cleanup!
Do Professional Movers Take Pets on Their Moving Truck?
No, federal regulations prohibit moving companies from shipping animals in moving vans. If your pets and plants can’t travel with you, ask your professional mover to help you safely transport them to your new home. Pets and plants travel best in your own car.
For those who need extra assistance with navigating the moving process, it often helps to work with your move coordinator. In fact, this seasoned moving professional can help you overcome a myriad of moving day pitfalls.
Are you and your pet ready to move?
Are you and your pet ready to move? Use the above-mentioned moving tips, and you and your pet should have no trouble completing a successful relocation. Get started today with a free moving estimate. If you require further moving tips please see our related posts below.