Moving to a home in a new location can be an exciting adventure, but it can also be the cause of stress and confusion for household pets. To minimize the trauma, here are a few tips that may help make your pet’s transition a little easier:
1. Schedule an appointment with the veterinarian for a check-up prior to moving.
- Obtain a copy of your pet’s medical history along with rabies certifications that state when and where your pet was vaccinated.
- Make sure the supply of current medications will last until a veterinarian in your new location can be found to provide refills
2. Proper identification is essential. Be certain that any required license tags are secured properly and the contact information is current.
3. Pets can become anxious with the increase of activity prior to a move. To eliminate the threat of them misbehaving or running off, consider boarding your pet during the most hectic of moving days.
4. If you are moving your pet by car, be sure to take a favorite toy or two, a leash for when stops are made, and plenty of water to keep your pet hydrated.
5. Requirements for the movement of pets across state lines are set by each individual state. Contact the State Veterinarian in your new location to obtain the most current information.
6. Long-distance moves may require an overnight stay. People and pet-friendly accommodations can be found by searching a number of internet sites.
7. Once you and your pet have arrived in your new location, allow sufficient time for the new neighborhood adjustment to be made. It could take a few days or a few weeks for your pet to adapt to their new surroundings.
8. Carry a current photograph of your pet. If your pet is lost during the move, a photograph will make it much easier to search effectively.
Moving to a new home in a new location is exciting, but like we said, it can also be the cause of stress and confusion for household pets. We hope that these tips helps with your pet’s transition.