5 Things you Should Know About Relocating with Pets

Moving is a very exciting time with so much to plan and organize. Moving a pet can add greater challenge to the process, whether you’re moving across the country or just around the block. Consider these pet relocating tips to help make Fluffy’s part of the adventure just as successful as your own.

Relocating_TipsThe Physical Move

Depending on the distance you’re moving, you may need to make travel arrangements for your pet as well. If you are moving yourself get a good travel crate for your pet. Place the crate in a safe, well ventilated space as near you as possible. Include some toys, treats, fresh water, and a cushioned surface. If your pet doesn’t travel well due to anxiety or motion sickness, talk to your veterinarian about medications to help during your trip. If you are using a moving company and flying to your new home, talk to the airlines well in advance to make pet travel arrangements. You may need to purchase a special crate for Fido and plan for the additional fees.


Before moving, one of the best relocating tips is to line up a new veterinarian and be aware of where the closest emergency vet is in proximity to home. Be sure to have all of your pet’s medical records easily accessible to you for the move. If something should happen along the way, you’ll want your pup’s medical information immediately. Talk to your vet before moving day to get any pet prescriptions refilled and ensure all of their shots are updated.


Pets suffer stress just as people do, and your stress level is contagious. Your buddy is probably nervous about all of the boxes stacked in your old home and all of the activity. Take a moment to comfort them and let them know you love them while all of this is going on. On moving day, bring them into a safe room with some of their toys and treats, place a sign on the door not to disturb the room, and keep them out of harm’s way. When you get to your new abode, bring them once again into a safe room not to be disturbed, and give them some treats to keep their spirits up. After the chaos of the move has subsided, spend a little extra time showing them their new home.

Know Local Laws and Conditions

Many rural areas don’t require pet licensing, and many cities do not allow exotic pets. Before making the move, acquaint yourself with the legal requirements of your new town and obtain any licensing that you need. Your list of pet relocating tips should also include asking about any trends of pet health issues in your new area. For example, if your new city has a problem with Parvo or has a lot of ticks, you’ll want to be especially vigilant about your pet’s vaccinations.

Updating Microchips

You’ve made it to your new home and are getting settled in. One of the first pet relocating tips to follow now is to change the address and contact information on your pet’s microchip, if he or she has one. If they do not, take the opportunity to have your pet chipped ASAP because it is common for a relocated pet to get lost in their new neighborhood should they slip out.

Congratulations on your move! By preparing a little in advance, you can make it a great experience for yourself and your pet and be happy and safe in your new home. For more expert help, join The Move. Follow your heart. We’ll pave the way!

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