Moving is not only a stressful time for humans but also animals. It is so important to set aside some extra time for pets before, during, and after a move to ensure that their needs are met. This will help the pet easily transition into the new home. Below you will find some helpful tips on how to make the moving process easier for pets.

Establish a mode of transportation

Pets cannot be shipped on moving vans and are typically not allowed on buses or trains. Traveling by car or plane is normally the only option available. It is important to discuss the best mode of transportation for any pet to ensure that they are safe and cared for during the move.

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Call the veterinarian

Ask the vet if your pet is healthy enough for travel, and be sure to inquire about any vaccinations the pet may need before the move.


There is a lot of important information involved in moving a pet, especially if they are traveling on an airplane. Call the airline to find out all the information you will need, and research local and state laws about licenses, ordinances, or any important paperwork needed in regards to bringing a pet to a new location.

Be Prepared

When packing up the house, leave out all the important necessities a pet may need for transport such as: food, water, favorite toys, a bed, a leash, and medication.

Relocate pets for move day

Be sure to have pets in another room or location when the movers arrive, so the move process can go smoothly and the pet will be less stressed. If the pet is outside when the movers arrive, be sure that the animal is wearing a leash, and in an area that is secure to prevent them from running away.

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Traveling by car

If the pet is traveling in the car be sure to have a friend or family member sit with them so that they are calm during the ride. Also, don’t forget to make pit stops!

Traveling by plane

If the pet is traveling by plane, be sure to have all the necessary documentation needed, along with a list of phone numbers so the airline can have a point of contact in case of an emergency. Make sure the pet has tags indicating its name, the owner’s phone number, and its recent rabies vaccination.

Arriving at the new home

Upon arrival at the new residence, let all pets walk through the new home on their own, so they can get to know their new surroundings. Set out their favorite toys, food and water bowls, and bed, to help make the new space feel like home.

Find a new veterinarian Contact the local veterinarian and make an appointment for a check-up to make sure the pet maintained perfect health during the move. Also, make sure the previous veterinarian transfers all the pet’s medical records. It may take some time for a pet to adjust to a new home, so be sure to give them extra love and attention to assure them that they are safe in their new home. For more information on moving with pets and to schedule a free moving estimate, contact us today!