Moving to a home in a new location can be an exciting adventure, but it can also be the cause of stress and confusion for household pets. To minimize the trauma, here are a few tips that may help make your pet's transition a little easier:
Schedule A Vet Check-Up Obtain a copy of your pet's medical history along with rabies certifications that state when/where your pet was vaccinated. Keep an ample supply of current medications to last until a veterinarian in your new location can provide refills.
Proper Identification Is Essential Be certain that any required license tags are secured properly and the contact information is current.
Consider Boarding your pet during the most hectic of moving days. Pets can become anxious with the increase of activity prior to a move.
Gather Car Supplies Kennel and/or safely restraint, favorite toy or two, a leash for when stops are made, and plenty of water to keep your pet hydrated.
Know State Requirements for the movement of pets across state lines. Contact the State Veterinarian in your new location to obtain the most current information.
Pet-Friendly Accommodations Long-distance moves may require an overnight stay. People and pet-friendly accommodations can be found by searching a number of internet sites.
Allow Time To Acclimate Once you have arrived in your new location, allow sufficient time for your pet to adjust to the new neighborhood; it could take a few days or a few weeks.
Carry A Current Photograph If your pet is lost during the move, a photograph will make it much easier to search effectively.