Moving to a New Home with Pets
When moving day arrives, no one wants to leave behind their favorite family member, right? But, if your pet has become clingy, standoffish, or maybe excited at the sight of the suitcase, then you know how sensitive they can be to the change of scenery.
Therefore, you can expect the same reaction when moving, especially if long-distance trips are involved. It can be challenging to figure out what to bring with you and what your furry companion actually needs.
That’s why we compiled a short guide that will help you pack and move like a pro.
Get familiar with laws and regulations
If you are traveling to a new state, city, or overseas, keep in mind that some regulations could be related to pet ownership. In fact, some requirements might affect or even postpone your move, so check policies on time.
For instance, if you own exotic animals like reptiles or domesticated livestock, you may need to fulfill additional requirements, paperwork, or quarantine periods. Keep in mind that some states might have breed restriction rules, so you won’t be able to bring your pet with you. Check valuable resources, city hall, and local laws before making any move.
Select the right moving company
Moving with or without your pet isn’t the same. Therefore, selecting the moving company with your furry companion in mind is crucial. Also, you should know that not all rental truck companies have a special place for animals in the cab nor allow them access. And, no company will allow pets to travel with your belongings.
Some pet owners use pet relocation services; however, having your pet in the car is much easier. Ship your stuff with the moving company while you comfortably travel with your four-legged friend.
Visit the vet
Before you move, it’s necessary to visit the vet and perform a general checkup on your pet. You need to ensure your animal is up to date with shots and collect any paperwork you may need. Discuss certain concerns you may have to ensure your pet stays healthy throughout travel.
Do the final preparations
It’s important to note that every animal is different. While some are leash-trained, others are used to cars, so they won’t require extensive preparation. When you are moving, ensure you will need everything for the trip like food, medications, water, bowls, leash, bedding, and other items.
Pack an emergency bag for your pet
To reduce the level of stress, it’s crucial to pack a separate bag for you and another one for your pet. Include items like their favorite toys, snacks, blanket, dog toothpaste, toothbrush, and other things you think will come in handy while on the road.
Ensure a comfortable space for your pet
Half-taken apart furniture, piles of clothes, and boxes and quickly turn your organized home into a complete mess. While you can avoid some mess, you can’t ignore everything altogether. That’s why it’s crucial to find a comfortable space for your animal while you go through the moving process.
Whether it’s a corner, a small room, or an open closet, having somewhere to retreat will give them peace of mind. Ideally, ask a family member or a friend to keep your pet for a couple of days until you sort everything out.
Make frequent breaks
If you are traveling overnight, schedule several stops, or you can even find a pet-friendly hotel to stay in. But, be aware that not all pet-friendly may not apply to your type of animal, so double-check this before booking your room.
Don’t leave your pet alone when you stop for bathroom breaks or have something to eat. Take them with you. In fact, in some states, leaving a pet alone in the car is illegal. You can eat in the car or stop at truck stops or parks.
Keep your animal entertained
You want to be busy while moving, right? This is one of the best ways to ensure your furry companion is stress-free. Keep in mind that a tired pet is a calm pet, which makes the moving process much easier.
If you are too busy to walk your pup or don’t have time for your cat, ask a friend to come and help. They can engage in playing sessions, leaving your household empty and ready for packing. You could use brain games to keep your pet busy. In this case, they will be less likely to get bored and misbehave, leaving plenty of time to focus on other tasks.
Buying a home with a pet is not easy. Your pet needs time to get used to a new environment, even though you are eager to settle in a new place. We hope these moving tips will help you make a transition easier and ensure your pet has a happy life.
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