Moving with pets is complicated, but our pets are part of the family, and no new home would be the same without them. In the process, we want to keep our furry friends safe and content, all while dealing with the task of getting our stuff from point A to point B. (Our packing checklist can help.)
We’ve compiled some tips on how to move with pets and get them successfully settled in their new surroundings:
Transfer your pet’s medical records.
If you need to change vets because of the move, research in advance where you’ll take Boots or Socks. Ask your current vet to forward medical records to the new place. Then set up a consultation appointment as soon as possible to get proper vaccination tags for your new city and prescription refills if necessary. That way your pet will be established with your new vet in the event of an emergency.
Secure your pet while packing and loading.
Moving day(s) can be stressful for your dog or cat, especially if you’ve hired movers. (Check out our packing faux pas.) Your pet might be upset about strangers entering your home and may be tempted to dash out an open door. Find a secure room for your buddy to get comfortable, or place the pet in a comfortable crate during moving hours.
Make sure your pet is wearing tags.
Moving with cats or dogs means the possibility that they may run off. On the off chance you and your pet become separated during travel or in your new neighborhood, you’ll want to be sure Spot is wearing an ID tag with your current cellphone number. If your pet is microchipped, update that contact information before you make the move. For extra peace of mind, you can outfit Spot with a GPS tracker and alert system.
Make a smooth trip.
Pet transport is best executed if you can have them in the car with you. If you know your cuddly pal gets carsick, talk to your vet about ways to reduce distress. Secure your cat in a comfortable carrier you’ve acclimated the pet to in advance. Dogs might prefer a dedicated travel safety harness that works with a car seat belt. Make frequent stops for water and potty breaks, and keep your pup on leash at all times. Have a litter box available for your kitty. Put a small bag together with your animal’s important items, like food, treats, bottled water, medications, grooming gear, pet wipes, first-aid supplies and a toy or two. Pack extra items just in case your trip takes longer than anticipated.
Help your pet settle in.
Upon arrival, set up a spot for Coco that’s secure and comfortable. Include your pet’s familiar water bowl, pet bed and fave squeaky. Even though moving can be exhausting and stressful for you, take a few minutes to get on the floor and play, scratch those ears or rub that belly. After all, home for your fur babe is wherever you are.
Pet-proof your new pad.
Take stock of your new abode and make sure it’s safe for your four-legged family member. If you’ve got a fence, check for any gaps or loose boards so your pet can’t get out and other animals can’t get in. Check your yard and remove any poisonous plants.
If you need to update your property insurance, your Farm Bureau agent will be happy to answer any questions. Happy trails and wagging tails!