Moving Tips for Pets

by on 05/12/11 at 8:58 am

Moving to a new home can be just as stressful on the family pet as it is on you. Here are some tips to keep your four-legged friend happy and safe on moving day.

– Maintain normal routine: Pack over a period of time and try to maintain your pet’s normal routine. Advance planning will make your move less stressful.

– Keep your pet secure: Place your pet in a safe, quiet place, such as the bathroom or pet carrier on moving day so that he or she cannot escape. If you place your pet in a room, place a large sign on the door that says DO NOT ENTER. Containing your pet in a pet carrier on moving day will keep them safely confined as well. Gradually get them used to the carrier ahead of time by having your pet spend time in it prior to moving day.

– Purchase a new ID tag: Get a new pet ID tag that includes your new address and telephone number. An up-to-date ID tag is a lost pet’s ticket home.

– Safe car travel: Be sure that your dog or cat is safely restrained in the car. Utilizing a pet travel harness or travel carrier are the best ways to keep your pet safe. They not only protect your pet from injury, but they help by keeping them from distracting you with their usual enthusiasm as you drive. Keep their heads inside the windows, make frequent pit stops, and don’t leave them alone. Pet barriers also work great!

– Talk to your vet: Talk to your veterinarian about traveling with a furry friend who doesn’t like to travel. They can recommend behavior modification tactics or medication that might lessen the stress of travel. Depending on your new address, your pet may also need additional vaccinations, medications, and health certificates.

– FindĀ pet friendly hotels and accommodations in advance.

– Plan ahead for air travel: Check with your veterinarian and the airline if your pet will be flying. Familiarize yourself with the rules specific to the airline you are flying.

– Prepare your new home: Pets love familiar surroundings so be sure to take with you all the familiar and necessary things your pet will need from day one in your new home.

– Photo: Have a recent photo of your pet on hand if your pet becomes lost.

These tips can help ensure your pet is welcome, happy and safe in traveling to their new home.

Kim Salerno is the President & Founder of She founded the pet travel site in 2003 and is an expert in the field of pet travel. Her popular web site featuresĀ pet friendly hotels & accommodations across the US and Canada, along with other helpful pet travel resources. Her mission is to ensure that pets are welcome, happy, and safe in their travels.

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  • Indeed. It's like a case of culture crash - a pet might have a hard time to get used to a new environment. It would be wise to watch your pets carefully, and take time to help them get familiarized with the new home and the area surrounding it.

  • Just humans, dogs also need to adjust when
    moving from one home to another. New home means new environment.

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