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Moving with Pets – Good Tips to Consider

About 67 percent of American households have a pet. So, when it comes time to move, most American families will be dealing with the added concern of helping their beloved animals through the transition. So, as you pack up your household and get ready for your move, here are seven good tips to remember to help make things easier along the way. 

1. Introduce pets to the new place before moving day if possible

A pet can be disconcerted if placed in a new home and expected to be comfortable. If possible, make a few trips to the new house with your pet in tow so they can get a gradual introduction to how the place looks and smells. 

2. Make arrangements for alternate transport beyond the moving truck

Moving companies don’t transport live animals during a residential move. Therefore, it will be essential to make alternative arrangements for your pet to get to the new place. Make sure you have a proper crate or carrier for your animal, and make sure that they are used to it well ahead of moving day.

3. Don’t forget to grab vet records if moving long-distance

If you are moving out of town, you will likely need to find a new veterinarian after you get settled. When you do, go ahead and grab the vet records from your current pet’s vet to make things simpler. This can save a lot of time later, so you’re not left making phone calls and waiting for records to be faxed or emailed. 

4. Consider microchipping or ID tags

When dogs or cats get to a new home, they are more likely to try and get away or wander off. Sometimes pets get lost in unfamiliar territory. If you haven’t had your pet microchipped or you don’t have an ID tag on its collar, it’s an excellent idea to get one before your move. A vet must do microchipping, but you can buy pet ID tags at just about any pet supply store. 

5. Pack a pet essentials box for every pet

Set aside a box of essentials that your pet will need amid the move. Include: 

  • Food and treats 
  • Water bowls 
  • Medications 
  • Toys, blankets, and comfort items 
  • Waste bags

6. Talk to a vet about soothing solutions for anxious pets

Some pets can be incredibly nervous when it comes to change. You’ll have strangers in your home during the move if you hire professional movers, the environment will change, and even the long car ride can be stressful for some animals. If you have a pet that you feel will be overly stressed, be sure to talk to your vet in advance about potential solutions that could help. 

7. Make preparations for pet sitters when necessary

You may need a pet sitter at some point, especially on moving days when things can get a little hectic. Check out places like Rover if you don’t know anyone who can watch your pet for the day, or consider reaching out to a local pet boarding facility if necessary. 

Get Help with Everything Else So You Can Focus On Pets

While most professional movers won’t transport your live pets, they can help you with every other aspect of the move so you can focus on your pets. To get started with a free moving quote, reach out to us to speak with one of our helpful representatives.