Moving can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be for your pets! Planning ahead for your animals will help you prevent added frustrations and potential accidents. Consider the following when you’re relocating with a pet:
Every state has different laws applicable to the entry of your pets and animals. We recommend contacting your veterinarian in the capital of your new home state to learn about the laws and regulations of moving with your pets. You can also connect with the city clerk or town-hall in your destination community to learn about license fees and regulations.
Many states and communities will require a health certificate to verify your pet is free from diseases and illnesses. Ask your veterinarian for the certificate and keep it on-hand while traveling. To find a veterinarian in your new city, ask your current vet, or simply search online to find the most qualified vet. In addition, you can call the AAHA and ask them for the member service center.
It’s important to locate, and store your pet’s permanent identity information, rabies tags, and all emergency documentation. If you’re crating your animal, you’ll want to include your basic contact information on the crate.
Once you have moved into your new home or apartment, use the same food, water, dishes, bed, blankets, and toys. It’s important to make your pet feel familiar and safe! Try to keep these items in similar locations as they were previously.
Pet Relocation by Airplane
If you plan to relocate your pets by Airplane, be sure to check with your airline to ensure that all standards are met. Most airlines will require pet insurance, and you will be accountable for a shipping container or crate to transport your loved ones. Make your pet reservations in advance because most airlines require pre-approval before just showing up with your pet. Remember to feed your pet no less than 6 hours before flight time, and try to give your pet a drink of water about 2 hours before take-off.
Pet Relocation by Auto
You’ll want to plan ahead by purchasing a crate, and enough supplies for your animals during the trip! Start a list of things you’ll need for a pet travel kit, including dishes, toys, food, water, and treats. If your pet is not used to traveling, start taking them on short trips to get them used to car travel.
Do not feed and water your pet before starting the long road-trip! Plan regular stops to give your loved ones a short break for food, and exercise. Again, you’ll want to stick to the same water and food that your pet is used to.
Relocation with your dog
After moving into your new location, immediately walk your dog around the house, and the neighborhood so that they can become familiar with the new location. You’ll want to maintain the feeding and exercise schedule from your original location. If your neighbors have young kids or other animals, you’ll want to establish boundaries with each.
Relocation with your cat
If your cat enjoys the outdoors, you’ll want to try to keep them inside until they are comfortable with the new living situation. You will also want to surround your cat with familiar items during the move to reduce emotional stress. Try not to overwhelm your cat with too many new living arrangements all at once. You can do this by limiting the number of rooms your cat is allowed to enter.