Moving family and pets into a new home can be very stressful. Whether you are moving across the country or just across town, you will want to organize for a smooth transition.

See your vet prior to your move.

  • Get the kennel cough vaccine.
  • Update any other vaccines your pet might need.
  • Get documents needed: vet records, vaccination certificates, health certificates, and rabies vaccines.
  • Have your pet’s prescriptions filled in advance.
  • Ask for vet recommendations in your new area.
  • Also, now is the time to get a sedative for your pet if one is needed during the actual move.

Make your travel plans.

  • Have your pet groomed the day before travel.
  • Put updated ID tags on collar.
  • Make sure your pet has an appropriate pet carrier for travel.
  • If traveling by car, verify your accommodations are pet-friendly.
  • If traveling by plane, remember direct flights work best for pets.
  • Be sure to plan for exercise breaks for your pet.
  • Pack your pets favorite foods and treats during the moving process.

Arriving at your new home.

  • Inspect the home to assure it is pet safe.
  • Place your pets familiar items in the home.
  • Let your pet roam and explore.
  • Try to keep your pet’s routine during the next several days.

Every pet needs time to transition. Spend extra time with your pet while they acclimate to their new surroundings. With proper planning, there is no reason why moving to a new home cannot be accomplished with a minimum of stress—for both you and your pets.