Your pets don’t ask for much- just a short list of basics such as food, shelter, veterinary care, and of course our companionship. Pets offer far more in return. Teaching us about love, improving our emotional and physical health, and providing us with unconditional affection and friendship. If you and your pet are getting ready to move, follow these recommendations to keep your companion safe on moving day.
• Plan ahead- Pack over a period of time, and try to maintain your pet’s normal routine.
• Invest in a high-quality, sturdy pet carrier.
• Purchase a new ID tag for your pet. As soon as you know your new address, get a pet ID tag that includes your new address and telephone number(s).
• Keep your pet secure. On moving day place your pet (whether in the carrier or not) in a safe, quiet place, such as the bathroom, so that he or she cannot escape. Place a large sign on the door that says, DO NOT ENTER, and be sure that friends and professional movers are aware that the room is off-limits, or have your pet stay with family or friends.
• Make your car trip safe.
• Plan ahead for air travel. Check with your veterinarian, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the airline if your pet will be flying.
•Find hotel in advance. Listing of pet-friendly hotels will help you find overnight lodging during your move. For example, Motel 6, Red Roof Inns, and Studio 6 properties all accept pets.
• Talk to your veterinarian.
• Prepare your new home. Take with you all the familiar and necessary things your pet will need from day one in you new home: food, water, medications, bed, litter box, food and water bowls, and health records. Also have on hand a recent photo of your pet, for use if your pet becomes lost.
After the move, it is very important to take time to enjoy your new home with your pets. Relax and take a few minutes each day just to play with them. Take short walks through the neighborhood to meet the neighbors and introduce your pets. In no time you will find your pet at ease in the new surroundings.