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Moving With Pets

July 28, 2014

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Moving is stressful regardless of how many times you’ve done it in the past. Two things that add to moving stress are kids and pets. You have to make sure they stay out of the way, while still making sure they’re comfortable and taken care of.

Pets tend to become extremely stressed out during a move because of the changing surroundings, and the buzz of energy. There are also many theories that pets can sense when change is coming, and change makes both humans and animals alike anxious.

Plan ahead

Most pets have a pretty limited area that is familiar to them, and they are comfortable with that. If possible, take pets to your new abode a few times. Allow them to walk around and let dogs mark a few places. This will make the place more familiar, and ease the transition.

Acquire veterinary records

If you’re moving far enough away that you are going to need a new veterinarian, you’ll want to look ahead to find the veterinarians with the best reviews. You’ll rest easier having an idea of your options in the area should an emergency occur.

Depending on where you’re moving to, your new residency may require that you show proof that your pet is up to date on their vaccinations. This is a great opportunity for you to make sure your pet is caught up on vaccinations and in overall good health. Make sure to get multiple copies of the records so that they’re less likely to get lost in the move. Obtain digital copies if possible, and ask about your current vets policies with sending over medical transcripts.

Proper city license

If you have an uncommon pet or an “untraditional” pet like a chicken or goat, you’ll want to check out your new town’s policies. You may have to obtain a special license or permit in order to make sure your animal friends are able to live with you in your new area. If your pets are loud or could otherwise disturb your new neighbors, you’ll be glad you checked out the local regulations, so that you are prepared to deal with any legal confrontations that arise.


If you don’t already have a microchip in your pet, now is the time to do it just in case they get lost in the move. If your pet already has a microchip make sure you have the contact info changed to reflect your new address so that you can be contacted if your pet goes missing.

Sedatives if necessary

Depending on your pet and their stress tolerance, it might be wise talk to your veterinarian about using sedatives while you are on the move.  This could make the trip a lot calmer for everyone. Just make sure to use the exact dosage your doctor recommends, and be aware of any possible side effects.

Seclude your pet from the moving chaos

On moving day your pet will likely be wound up. Packing has made the home a different place, and people running around back and forth can cause confusion and anxiety for animals. Consider keeping them in a closed room with some toys (and little boxes for cats). This is an especially good idea in the case of indoor pets, because insures that they won’t slip out through an open door while massive amounts of possessions are being moved.

Don’t give your pet a bunch of treats to keep them happy

Giving your pet more treats than they’re used to can lead to an upset stomach. The last thing you want as your traveling to your new abode is to find out that Fido has the runs. It’s better to treat things as normal as possible, so no extra treats!

After taking care of these issues and following these tips, you should be on your way to a less stressful move! Remember, your pet has anxieties as much as you do, so minimize those for them, and you’ll both be a lot happier!

Carlee Quintas is a writer with a passion for everything green! When she’s not writing she enjoys gardening, hiking, camping and cooking.