How to Move With Pets

July 25, 2023

Moving with pets requires careful planning and consideration to ensure their safety and well-being during the transition. Whether you’re moving locally or to a new city or country, here are some tips on how to move with pets. These tips will make the process as smooth as possible for your furry friends:

Planning Ahead

Research pet regulations: 

If you’re moving to a new city or country, research their pet regulations and requirements. Some places have specific vaccination, microchipping, and quarantine rules for pets.

Acclimate to carriers/crates: 

If your pets are not used to carriers or crates, gradually introduce them to these spaces before the move. Provide treats and positive reinforcement to create a positive association.

Plan transportation: 

Decide on the best mode of transportation for your pets. If you’re driving, make sure they have a safe and comfortable space in the vehicle. If you’re flying, check the airline’s pet policy and make reservations well in advance.

To-Do List

Visit the veterinarian: 

Take your pets to the veterinarian for a check-up before the move. Ensure they are up-to-date on vaccinations and in good health. Request a copy of their medical records to provide to the new vet.

Update identification: 

Make sure your pets have proper identification, such as ID tags with your current contact information and a microchip. If your pets are already microchipped, update your contact details in the database.

Pack familiar items: 

Bring along your pets’ favorite toys, bedding, and other familiar items to help them feel secure during the move and when they arrive at the new home.

Make a pet travel kit: 

Prepare a travel kit for your pets that includes food, water, bowls, medications (if needed), first aid supplies, and any other essentials. Having these items readily available will make the journey more comfortable for your pets.

Book pet-friendly accommodation: 

If you’re making an overnight stop during a long-distance move, ensure you book pet-friendly accommodation in advance. Many hotels and rental properties have specific pet policies.

During the Move

Keep pets secure during the move: 

On moving day, keep your pets in a safe and quiet area away from the chaos. Consider confining them to a room with their familiar belongings to reduce stress.

Gradual introduction to the new home: 

When you arrive at your new home, allow your pets to explore their new environment gradually. Start with a small area and gradually expand their access to the rest of the house.

Maintain routines: 

Pets thrive on routine, so try to maintain their feeding, walking, and playtime schedules as much as possible during and after the move. Obviously they will have new areas where they will eat, walk, play, and use the bathroom. So be patient and consistent with them as they learn their new surroundings.

Provide extra attention and patience: 

Moving can be stressful for pets, so be patient and provide extra love and attention to help them adjust to their new surroundings.

Remember that each pet is unique, and some may take longer to adjust than others. Stay observant of their behavior and consult with a veterinarian if you notice any unusual changes or signs of distress. With proper planning and care, your pets can make a successful and happy move with you. Share your moving with pet experiences in our Abundance Declutter Group on Facebook.