Prepping Your Pets for the Move

Your moving day is set and it’s time to start preparing but what about your four legged loved ones? These tips can help!

Last updated on
October 16, 2022 5:47 PM
Alyssa McDowell

Your moving day is set and it’s time to start preparing. As you’re making your lists and checking them twice, don’t forget to factor in your furry friends. If you think moving is overwhelming, imagine how they feel! Here are some tips for making sure the process goes smoothly for all of your loved ones.

Medical records. When moving to a different city or state, one of the main things you need to take into consideration is finding a new veterinarian that is the right fit for you and your pet. If you have family or friends in the area, ask for recommendations. You can also do your own research by reading reviews and news articles. Once you find one, contact your current vet to initiate a transfer of medical records. Then schedule a “get to know you” appointment shortly after your move.

Transportation. Whether it’s a short drive or a long plane ride, your pet will be safest and most comfortable in a pet carrier. For most pets, this is a foreign concept and they will require time to get comfortable with it. Start acclimating your pet as early as possible and use comfort items like treats and favorite toys and blankets to make the experience a positive one for your pet. Even if your fur baby is used to riding in a car without one, having a carrier will make sure they don't get 'squished' during the long trip. It may even make packing easier since you'll know your companion will have a great amount of space no matter how stuffed the car gets.

Acclimation. Pad your moving schedule with ample time to get your dog or cat acclimated to your new home. While the movers are still hard at work, keep them safely away from foot traffic to reduce stress. Once they’ve left, make sure to clear anything that could be dangerous and block off areas as necessary. Then let them free to get a lay of the land on their own.

Outside. Once you're in your new home, check out the location and yard before letting your pet have the run of the land. You may want to put them on a leash for potty breaks until you can determine if the backyard is safe. Things to look for: holes in the fence (does it have a fence?!), harmful plants, wild creatures, debris or other hazards. You might want to make sure you mow the yard before turning your furry friends free and may even consider treating for insects. (Is your four-legged loved one up to date on their flea + tick meds?!) 

I hope these tips help you and your fur babies have a great move! If you need help finding the right happy place for you and your furry companion, let me know.