A cursory Google search for the term “Moving Tips” will return a library of results for how to pack and move every household item imaginable. But today, we want to talk about an extremely important part of moving that not everyone plans for; how to safely move your pets.
Moving can be a lot for anyone to handle without the proper help, which is why it's so important to plan ahead for your pets. Pets can become uneasy when traveling long distances, so they need to be well taken care of when move day comes. Special arrangements will need to be made to ensure their safe travel and their level of comfort while relocating.
Take a look the following pet moving tips. By following these guidelines, you can ensure a smooth, safe and stress-free move for you and your pets.
1. Talk to your vet as soon as possible – Ideally, this should be done at least a couple of weeks before your move. You'll want to get any medical records and prescription medications for your pet to take with you during the move. Also, don't hesitate to ask for recommendations on a new veterinarian in your new city. It's always easier to get a referral than to start from scratch. Doing this ahead of time ensures a smooth transition from one care provider to another.
2. Have a friend or kennel watch your pet(s) – Packing and loading are two of the busiest parts of your move. To make both your life and your pet's life easier, ask a friend or relative to keep them for the day while you get the house packed up and ready to move. Trying to navigate corners and stairs with a pet walking around could be an issue, so it's best to simply remove them from the action. If you are uncomfortable leaving them somewhere else, we recommend designating a room in the house for them to stay in. That way you can check on them regularly.
3. Unpack first – If possible, we recommend unpacking and setting up as much of your furniture and personal belongings as possible before moving your pet to your new home. It makes the final stages of your move easier and it helps to have a finished area where your pet(s) can stay while you finish organizing the rest of the house. It will be easier for them to adjust to their surroundings as well.
4. They need to travel with you – Whether you have dogs, cats, fish or birds, pets are creatures of habit. They need a routine and a lot of attention. Smaller pets can be secured in carriers and sit in the backseat. Larger dogs can also be moved in kennels in the bed of a pickup truck. We also recommend taking breaks at rest stops so your pet(s) can stretch their legs and get out of the car for a while.
5. Prepare a “Pet Moving Kit” – A pet moving kit is comprised of anything your pet may need while you settle in during the first few days after your move. This includes plenty of food, toys, a litter box, medications, blankets and leashes. Having these things easily accessible during the first few days in your new home will help your pets feel more comfortable, ensuring their transition is easy as well.
Were these tips helpful? If you have any more questions about how to prepare or pack for your move, be sure to take a look at our moving guide and list of professional packing tips.