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Moving With Pets

by: MyMovingQuote Editorial Staff
01 Dec 2010

Pre-planning is the key to an easier transfer, regardless of the mode of transportation chosen. Travel arrangements should be completed as far in advance of moving day as is practical, keeping departure day tasks to a minimum. One person in the family should assume responsibility for the pet.

  Prior to making any travel arrangements

Take pet to veterinarian for checkup and health documents - apply for entry permit if one is needed; inquire about sedation for pet; obtain pet's health record; schedule second visit to vet if necessary; ask vet to recommend a colleague in the new city

Obtain travel identification tag.

  Check destination state's pet entry regulations.

Nearly every state and country has laws applicable to the entry of dogs, cats, horses, exotic birds and other pets.  It is important that you comply with the laws of the state/country to which you are moving; otherwise, you may be subject to prosecution.


Keep your pet away from the moving-day activity by confining him to a room where he feels safe, otherwise, your pet could become frightened and bolt out the door unnoticed. It’s difficult to pack, move furniture, and keep an eye on your pet at the same time. Maybe you have a friendly place where your pet can stay during the packing and moving, like a neighbor, friend or boarding kennel. As much as possible, try not to disrupt his daily routine. Be sure your dog or cat has a tag with your new phone number or the number of a friend so there will be someone to contact if your pet gets lost during the move.


Move small animals, like birds and hamsters, in their cages, covered with a lightweight fabric. Remove water and any other objects that might loosen and injure them. You must keep the temperature constant for these small friends to survive.

  Leaving the Old Home

With a spirit of adventure, let your kids tell the neighborhood that you're moving to a ‘new’ place.


Involve with them for planning to take care of plants and/or pets during the move.


Help them collect addresses of their friends and neighbors (don't forget e-mail addresses)


Help them to get rid of their old and no-longer-wanted things. Organize a tag sale or charity donation of toys, clothing, books, etc.


Encourage them to have a "good-bye old friends" party.

  General Moving Tips When Moving With Pets

Unpack and settle in a bit before turning your pet loose in the house. Keep the doors to your extra rooms closed and slowly give your pet access to them as they become accustomed to their new home.
Orient your dog or cat to the new surroundings. If possible, try to place their favorite resting place (dog bed, chair or cushion) in the same position or area, as it was in your old home. Put their food and water bowls and toys in familiar places as well.


If you have a dog, walk him around the house, yard and block. If you have a cat, sit quietly and pet her, preferably while sitting in a familiar chair. Provide a place for your cat to hide (she’ll do this anyway). Make sure she’s eating, drinking and using her litter box.
Be patient, loving and reassuring with your pet, and they'll adjust quickly to their new home

• Make certain your household pet is wearing proper identification and any required license tags in case they get lost.

• Ask your veterinarian for a copy of your pet's medical history to take with you, and be sure all shots are current.

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