How To Move Your Pet Safely
Moving to a new home can be a hectic and stressful time. Now imagine how your furry best friend feels. Learning how to move your pet safely to your new house can alleviate a lot of stress. No just from your dog or cat – but yourself as well.
1. Plan Ahead
Advanced planning will make your move less stressful on you and your pet. Pack over a period of time, and try to maintain your pet’s normal routine.
2. Invest In a High Quality Pet Carrier
If you have a dog or a cat whom you want to keep safely confined on moving day, get a carrier ahead of time and gradually accustom your pet to spending time in it.
3. Purchase A New ID Tag For Your Pet
As soon as you know your new address, get a pet ID tag that includes your new address and telephone number(s). Similarly, try to obtain some other visual form of identification such as a collar with ID information imprinted on it or an ID band that attaches to the collar but does not dangle like a traditional tag. An up to date ID tag is a lost pet’s ticket home.
4. Keep Your Pet Secure
On moving day, place your pet (whether in a carrier or not) in a safe, quiet place, such as the bathroom, so that they cannot escape. Place a large sign on the door that says DO NOT ENTER, and be sure that friends and professional movers are aware that this room is off-ˇlimits.
5. Make Your Car Trip Safe
If you’re traveling by car and your dog enjoys car travel, you may want to accustom him to a restraining harness. Because most cats aren’t comfortable traveling in cars, its best to transport them in a well-ventilated and securely placed carrier. Never leave pets alone in a parked vehicle during warm weather as the temperature quickly rises and can injure or kill them. In any season, a pet in a parked vehicle is vulnerable to being harmed or stolen. Never put an animal in the trunk of a car, the open bed of a pickup truck or the storage area of a moving van.
6. Talk To Your Veterinarian
If your pet doesn’t enjoy car rides, consult your veterinarian about behavior modification or medication that might lessen the stress of travel. Depending on your destination, your pet may also need additional vaccinations, medications and health certificates.
7. Find Hotels In Advance
Listings of animal-friendly hotels will help you find overnight lodging during your move. The American Humane Society’s website will point you toward some useful resources and get your planning on track.
8. Plan Ahead For Air Travel
Check with your veterinarian, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the airline if your pet will be flying. You will need to take precautions to ensure your pet’s safety, so give yourself ample time to work out the arrangements.
9. Prepare Your New Home
Take with you all the familiar and necessary things your pet will need from day one in your new home: food, water, medications, bed, litter box, food and water bowls and health records. Also have on hand a recent photo of your pet, in case they become lost.