Moving can be just as traumatic and stressful for your pet as it is on you and your family. Therefore, making your move as pet-friendly as possible will not only keep you sane, but your pets happy as well. Below is a suggested guideline that you may want to consider when taking your pet with you on the road to your new home.
4 Tips for Moving with Pets
Step 1: Preparing for the relocation
Start making a moving schedule early. Once you have a general outline of how you will move, you will be able to make considerations for your pets in the best way possible.
Step 2: Calling the vet
Make an appointment with your vet as soon as possible to let them know that you are moving. Make sure your pet gets a check-up and receives all the necessary shots. Update the shot records, get copies of vet records and vaccination certificates and ask your vet about recommendations for new vets in the new community.
Step 3: Confirming your new housing is pet-friendly
This should have been done before you made the decision to relocate. However, if for whatever reason you have not confirmed this yet, now would be the time to do so. If you have a dog, make sure that there is a backyard or a nearby park.
Step 4: Checking your airline reservations
If you are flying to your new city/town with your pet, call your airline and ask for specifics on their regulations and policies. Smaller pets may be able to fly in a carrier with you, while larger pets may require large carriers that need transport in the cargo area. The latter will likely be stressful for your pet, so confirm with your airline on how to make the travel as comfortable as possible for your pet. Remember that airlines have specific regulations for pets transported in the cargo area, so you may want to book with one that gives your pet the best accommodations. On the day of travel, plan to arrive at the airport early to allow time for brief breaks to comfort and reassure your pet before it goes into the carrier.
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