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What to do if you're moving with pets

  • February 06, 2013

What to do if you're moving with pets

Whether you're moving out of state or to a neighboring town, the process is difficult if you have a pet. You are responsible for a number of special tasks like updating tags and medical information when you're relocating with an animal. Take special care to ensure that your pet is happy and safe during your move. The process is stressful, so you must go to great lengths to help your special companion. 

Follow these four tips if your pet is coming with you to your new home. 

Find the correct moving services
Small animals like cats and some dogs can easily be transported by car. The pets should be kept in secure crates so they are safe on the road. Larger dogs can travel in the beds of pickup trucks if they are tethered to the cab of the vehicle. 

If you don't feel comfortable moving your pet on your own, ask your household moving company to recommend a pet service. Many professional movers work with other companies that specialize in animal relocations, so your companions will receive excellent care on the road. 

Update tags and collars
The National Association of Realtors (NAR) recommends updating your pet's tags as soon as possible. The identification should include your new home address and phone number so that people can contact you if your pet is ever lost. 

A new area can be very scary for your animals. They aren't familiar with all of the sights, sounds and scents, so they can easily become confused, especially if they're on their own. Buy a sturdy collar to hang the tags on and prevent your pet from running away. 

Visit the doctor
Few pets enjoy a trip to the veterinarian's office, but regular checkups are a necessity. Ask the doctor to perform a full exam to ensure that there are no underlying health issues. If your pet receives a clean bill of health, ensure that its vaccinations are up to date. Transfer all files to your new veterinarian to avoid complications down the road. 

Additionally, Home Fair writes that medication should be readily available. It may take days to unpack, so keep all prescriptions in your overnight bag. 

Keep toys handy
Many animals play with their favorite toys during stressful situations. A rubber doll or a tennis ball can help keep your companion relaxed during the trip. The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) points out that toys help pets develop a sense of normality


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