How to Transport Pets During a Move

Preparing to move can be a complicated experience for pets, just like people. They can get confused and worried.

You don’t want them to stress out on the trip. You also want the whole moving process to run smoothly.

If you’re bringing cats or dogs with you, you’ll need to do a few extra preparations. Here are a few things you can do to make it easier.

Prepare Your Pet for Moving

Pets notice changes in the home, but they don’t understand it. They’ll see the boxes and that you’re packing things away. They may act out as a result.

The best way to help your pets stay calm during the move is to keep things as normal as possible. Stick to your pet’s routines. Let the boxes sit in the home for a few days before packing them.

On moving day, keep your pet in a separate room with food, water, and their favorite toys. You won’t be able to eliminate all the stress of moving. But you can make it as comfortable as possible.

Choose an Appropriate Carrier

Whether you’re moving by car or plane, you’ll need a suitable carrier or crate for your pet. Cats and dogs don’t enjoy crowding inside a carrier that’s too small, so aim bigger if you can.

When you browse carriers, think about your transport method. Hard crates are heavier, but they can provide more protection while moving.

If you’re driving, be sure to stabilize the crate in transit. Smaller, hard carriers may fit in a seat, while bigger ones might need to go elsewhere.

Before your move:

  1. Prepare your dog or cat by gradually acclimating them to their crater.
  2. Help your pets create a positive association with the crate by giving them treats and playtime at the end of crate time.
  3. Make sure you also take some short drives with your pet in the crate to get them used to it in motion.


Get Your Pet’s Vet Records

Before you leave, call your vet to request records for all of your pets. You’ll need vaccine records and their medical history.

The vet may need a few days to get this together—plan to do it at least a week or two before moving.

On the road, it’s wise to search for possible vet clinics in case of an emergency. Look for options with off-hours or overnight service.

Choose Safe Resting Places

If you’re staying at hotels along the way, make sure that they are pet-friendly. Pay attention to the policies, as the hotel may charge more for different types of pets or damage.

Keep your pets in the carrier until you can be absolutely sure they won’t escape. Don’t let them loose in a vehicle unless you can use a leash to allow them to walk.

Settle In Slowly

When you arrive at your new house, take time to settle in. Pets don’t necessarily like to explore a new area all at once. A place full of strange smells and sights can be scary, not thrilling.

Designate a room in your home for your pet to acclimate. Set this room up as soon as you can, so it doesn’t change much. Make sure everything your pet needs is in it.

After a day or two, let your pet explore other rooms of the house with you. Limit outside trips until your pet feels more comfortable.

Plan for Movers’ Help

Moving with pets doesn’t have to be a bad experience. By following these tips, you’ll avoid a lot of hassle. For more assistance in planning your move, contact us to request a quote.

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