Quick Checklist for Moving with Pets
Pets are part of the family, too! As you prepare for your upcoming move, here’s a quick checklist for making sure your furry family members are included and comfortable throughout the process.
BEFORE THE MOVE
Obtain Vet Records
Make sure you have a copy of your pet's most up-to-date records. This will be helpful to have while traveling and when finding a new provider.
Search Medical Requirements
Check local rules and regulations regarding pet vaccinations in your new location. Getting a check-up and refills of any medications before your move is also recommended.
Update Contact Information
Make sure all identification tags, microchips, and any other identifier your pet may have is up to date. Remove the old date and have two phone numbers if possible where you can be reached.
Acclimate Pets with Carriers & New Location
If you are transporting your pet in a carrier, place the carrier out where they can smell and explore it ahead of your move. This will make them more comfortable once they are confined in the carrier. If you are moving locally, take your dogs for a walk in your new neighborhood and let them get comfortable with the smells and sounds.
Pack your pet travel kit:
If you’re traveling a long distance or will have an overnight stay somewhere before settling into your new home, remember to pack these items for your pet:
Extra food supply
Waste scooper and plastic bags
Crate or carrier
Newspapers and/or towels
Comb and/or brush
DURING THE MOVE
Create a Safe Space
Designate a space in each home for your pet to stay while you are bringing boxes in and out of the home. Keeping them secluded will reduce stress and the risk of them escaping through an open door.
Pets should never be transported in a moving van. Always ensure pets are safe during travel in a carrier or harnessed and buckled in a pet seatbelt. Plan to make regular rest stops on your route and offer water to keep them hydrated. Pack extra cleaning supplies, litter boxes, puppy pads, etc. for any accidents while traveling.
Offer their favorite blankets, toys, and more to reduce stress in the car. Be aware of your pet and have them examined if they show extreme signs of sickness, distress, or lethargy.
Explore Your New Space
Once your pets arrive at your new home, the ASPCA recommends taking time to help them adjust to the spaces, as opposed to letting them roam free in the new home as soon as you get there. They say that starting with one room at a time will keep them from feeling overwhelmed by all the changes.
AFTER THE MOVE
Find Medical Clinic
If you’ve moved a long distance, find a new veterinarian as soon as possible in case of emergencies.
Unpack your pet’s items and pet-proof your home first. Stress can exacerbate bad behavior so be sure to remove any potential hazards or temptations.
Create a Designated Space
Set up your pet's new space as similar as possible as to how it was in your old home. Try not to leave your pet alone for long periods of time right when you move in.
Your pet might take a few days, or weeks, to adjust to their new home. Establish your new routine as soon as possible to help them adjust.