Moving day is rough — add in your pets, and the day can crumble into complete chaos. Avoid the moving mayhem by following these simple steps to prepare yourself and your pets for the flustered day.
BEFORE MOVING DAY
- Ensure the information on your pet’s identification tag includes your current contact — especially your cell phone number. The tag should be securely fastened to a sturdy collar.
- Depending on how far you are moving, you may need to find a new vet. Your current vet may have some suggestions; if not, you can try calling the state veterinary medical association for some options. Ask your vet for a current copy of your pet’s vaccinations and medical history to make the transition as seamless as possible.
- Prepare a moving day kit for your pet, complete with at least one week’s worth of food and medication and a stocked first aid kit.
- If you’re flying to your new home, ask the airline about their pet requirements and restrictions. It’s also a good idea to check with your vet and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to figure out your pet’s travel arrangements. If you’re driving, a crate or a well-ventilated carrier is usually the best option.
DURING MOVING DAY
- The uncertain conditions of moving day can cause concern for your pet. Scope out a quiet, ventilated area for your pet to hang out in during the heavy lifting.
- Once you find a secluded spot for your pet to relax in, help your pet settle in by setting out their familiar and necessary objects — like their bed, favorite blanket, litter box and toys.
AFTER MOVING DAY
- Take your pet on a walk through the neighborhood to acquaint them with their new home. Maybe they’ll even meet some of their new furry neighbors!
- Take them to the local pet store to grab some much-needed special treats and toys.
- Scope out the nearest dog parks so your dog can stretch out their legs after the taxing moving day.
Need help finding your fur-ever home? Reach out to a ReeceNichols agent — they’ll help you get started.