Moving to a new home can be a stressful time for your pets, but there are a number of things you can do to make the transition for your animal as smooth as possible.
Whether you move to a nearby town or across the country, be sure to order your pet new tags well in advance — especially if you have a dog who tends to wander away!
If you're moving long-distance, find a veterinarian in your new town and ask your current vet to transfer your pet's medical history over. Should anything happen in the first few days after the move, your new vet will be fully ready to help your pet.
The moving day
If you're moving across town, it may be easiest to have your pet stay with a friend or relative on moving day. You can also board your pet for the day to ensure they won't be underfoot.
If you need to pack up and move further away, your best bet is to create a designated space for your animal to rest and play while you load the truck. Be sure to keep plenty of food and water nearby, and to take breaks every so often to check in or walk your pet.
Whether kenneled, caged or sitting in the passenger seat, be sure to keep your pet close and comforted as you drive to your new abode. Pack plenty of food and water; if you're a dog owner, make plans to stop at a rest stop or two so your dog can walk around and go to the bathroom.
Once you arrive at your new home, spend time with your pet as he/she adjust to the new surroundings. If your pet has a bed or special sleeping area, set that up right away, along with their favorite toys. If you are planning to restrict your pet from certain rooms or furniture, be sure to set those parameters immediately so your pet doesn't develop bad habits.