Moving with Pets 101

Have you picked up the bubble wrap? Did you find oversized boxes for all the dog toys? Speaking of which, what are you going to do with your pets when you move? Whether you have a dog or a cat, moving with pets can be a challenge if you don't have a plan.

Moving With Pets
Are you planning on moving with a dog or moving with a cat? If so, then you will need to plan ahead to ensure that your animals stay healthy, happy, and safe during your long distance move. As you begin to pack your boxes and cover the furniture, your pets might become anxious. With this in mind, be sure to have a room in your new house that is reserved for your beloved pets. Bring their toys, beds, food, and water into the room. As the rest of the house turns into a bit of a chaotic mess, your pets will find comfort in their peaceful oasis.

Traveling To Your New Destination
Make sure that you gather together the following items and properly prepare your pets for their upcoming journey.

  • Ask the vet for any travel documents that your pets will need to either drive in the car with you or fly in an airplane. Make sure that your pets are also up to date on their vaccinations and that they have ID tags with their name, your phone number, and your email address.
  • Be sure to stock-up on food and any medications before you take your pet on the road or in the air. Your pet will also need time to become used to their traveling crate.
  • If you are driving, it is a good idea to plan for stops every few hours, so that your pets can stretch their legs, go to the bathroom, or have some water. You will also need to plan ahead to find hotels, such as La Quinta or Super 8, that let dogs and cats spend the night.

Finalizing Your Move With Pets
With these travel tips at the ready, moving with a dog or a cat is made easier. Keep in mind that your pets will need time to adjust to their new home. Cats should be introduced to the house one room at a time; while dogs should not be left unattended in the backyard. Finally, be sure to remain attentive to the needs of your pets throughout the entire moving process. By listening and responding to their needs, you can ensure that they arrive safely and happily at their new home. For additional tips and to help you prepare for your upcoming move, ask for a free moving quote today.

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