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:
- SCHEDULE A VET CHECK-UP Obtain a copy of your pet’s medical history along with rabies certifications that state when/where your pet was vaccinated. Keep an ample supply of current medications to last until a veterinarian in your new location can provide refills.
- PROPER IDENTIFICATION IS ESSENTIAL Be certain that any required license tags are secured properly and the contact information is current.
- CONSIDER BOARDING your pet during the most hectic of moving days. Pets can become anxious with the increase of activity prior to a move.
- GATHER CAR SUPPLIES Kennel and/or safely restraint, favorite toy or two, a leash for when stops are made, and plenty of water to keep your pet hydrated.
- KNOW STATE REQUIREMENTS for the movement of pets across state lines. Contact the State Veterinarian in your new location to obtain the most current information.
- PET-FRIENDLY ACCOMMODATIONS Long-distance moves may require an overnight stay. People and pet-friendly accommodations can be found by searching a number of internet sites.
- ALLOW TIME TO ACCLIMATE Once you have arrived in your new location, allow sufficient time for your pet to adjust to the new neighborhood; it could take a few days or a few weeks.
- CARRY A CURRENT PHOTOGRAPH If your pet is lost during the move, a photograph will make it much easier to search effectively.