Moving to a new home can be just as stressful on the family pet as it is on you. Have you researched pet friendly hotels for stops along the way? Does your pet have a new ID tag? Here are some pet travel tips to keep your little 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 a pet travel crate 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 for your pet: 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 pet 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! Whatever option you choose, be sure to give your pet ample time to get used to it. More Pet Travel Tips for the Car.
- Talk to your pet's vet: Talk to your veterinarian about traveling with a pet 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.
- Find pet friendly hotels in advance: If your move requires stops along the way, be sure to research pet friendly accommodations along the way.
- 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. Be sure to review our extensive Tips for Safe Air Travel with Your Pet.
- 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.
- Pet photo: Have a recent photo of your pet on hand in the unfortunate event that your pet becomes lost. Your pet will be a bit out of sorts in its new surroundings and if they run off, they may find it difficult finding their way back home in their new neighborhood.
Moving can be a fun adventure and a new beginning for you and pet - as long as you are prepared!