Packing up and moving your life across town, state, or country can be stressful for anyone, but the process of moving can be a stressful one for your pets as well. If you or someone you know with pets is planning to move any time soon, follow these tips to ensure the most stress-free move for your animals as possible.
Weeks Before the Move
Visit the Veterinarian
- Get any shots updated that are expired or about to expire. Also consider getting any preventative vaccines necessary for air travel or boarding of your companion.
- Ask your doctor for any sedatives your pet may need for travel involved with moving.
- Get copies of your pet’s vet visit and vaccine records. Some travel and boarding options may require proof of updated vaccinations.
- Consider microchipping your pet. Pets can get lost during long-distance air travel or get scared and run away from a new home. Getting a microchip will assist in locating your lost pet.
- Make a visit to the groomer. Make sure to get them trimmed and cleaned to prevent extra shedding and avoid pet odors on long trips.
- Make sure to map out your route and locate all pet-friendly accommodations along the way if you’ll be stopping overnight. Don’t just take the website’s word for it, call the office to be certain. Some hotels only have a limited number of pet-friendly rooms that may already be booked.
- To get your pet acclimated, set out your travel carrier a week or two ahead of time. Put their favorite toy or blanket inside to encourage your pet to investigate and become comfortable with the different space. This will help your pet feel less-stressed the day of the move when they are locked inside.
Air Travel Preparations
- If flying, make your reservations directly with the airline to confirm they accept pets and always book a direct flight when unable to carry-on your pets, if possible.
- Know the airlines restrictions. Some airlines refuse to let pets travel in certain temperature/weather conditions. If moving in the heat of summer or cold of winter, you may have to reconsider your travel options.
- Ask about the additional costs, carrier size limits, and required vet records. You don’t want any unexpected surprises the day of your move.
Day of the Move
- Place cats and other small animals in their carriers and confine them to a closed room while emptying the house. Dogs should be confined to a room or the backyard. You may even want to consider asking a friend to watch your pet at their place until your house is emptied into the moving truck.
- To ensure you have properly stackable boxes that will fit around your pet carrier in your car or thinking of shipping items, visit Simply Self Storage for all your storage solutions.
In the Car
- Cats and other small animals such as birds, ferrets, and rabbits should be in hard sided carriers with proper ventilation. Cover the main view with a sheet or blanket for the first hour or two to keep them calm.
- Dogs should be restrained either with a harness that attaches to the seat belt or with a safety gate that allows them a little more freedom to move in a small space.
- Bring a travel bag for your pet. You want to have easy access to the pet’s favorite toys and make sure to give them water and food at every stop. Make sure to take your dog to the bathroom on a leash, you don’t want to risk losing them if they get scared. Also, some state patrols have the right to inspect your pet’s health certificate at a travel stop, so be sure to have it on hand.
- Segregate pets to a separate, closed room until the moving in is complete. Not only will the chaos stress them out, but it gives you time to inspect the home for potential pet hazards.
- Put things in similar spots as your last house. Putting the dog’s food bowls or the cat’s litter box in similar places as the previous house helps them associate some type of order.
- Be calm. Your pets can feel and take on your stresses. Be as calm as you can, and make sure to show them attention and affection to help them acclimate.
Now that you are prepared to move your pet, for all other moving needs contact your nearest Simply Storage or call 877.786.7343.