Pet owners know they have to plan ahead for their move with extra care. Pets cannot travel in a moving van or truck, obviously—but traveling with them is not just like having a passenger. State regulations regarding your pet’s paperwork require you to prepare well ahead of time, and keeping your pet at ease during the trip is vital.
Here’s how you can make sure your pet’s move is as easy and safe as possible:
Call your vet to make sure your pet’s shots, vaccines, and records are all up to date. Get a copy of the most current records from your vet and carry them with you on the move (alongside your other personal files) in your vehicle.
Pet carriers give you some peace of mind while you’re moving, and it keeps your pet safe during hectic days. If you’re afraid that your pet will be alarmed by the pet carrier, buy one a few weeks ahead of the move. Let them sleep in it every night, providing treats or reassurance. By the time the move occurs, they’ll be used to it.
Here’s what you can do to make sure your pet feels at home:
If your old address is on your pet’s collar or tags, make sure to switch them out as soon as you arrive. We recommend buying new collar tags prior to the move!