Moving to a new home is a stressful and harried time, even for the most hardy among us. For our little furry companions, relocating can be especially harrowing. Please use my checklist below to remember important details:
Before you leave:
- Make an appointment and have your pets examined by your veterinarian – get copies of records to take and discuss strategies to make the move easier for your pets
- Ask your vet for a referral to a practitioner in your new area
- Book domestic air travel four weeks in advance of departure for domestic moves and six to eight weeks ahead for international moves
- If moving overseas, have your pets examined and vaccinated 30 days prior to departure
- Secure a form of identification to your pets’ collar; consider “chipping” your pets to prevent loss of identification
- Book interim housing for your family and confirm that pets are allowed
- If your move is local, take your pets on several visits to the new home before you make the move, to allow them to familiarize themselves with their new habitat.
- Before crossing into another state, know that some states have border inspection of animals
- Limit pet feedings to once a day during the move, preferably in the evening, unless otherwise instructed by your vet
- Use a kennel big enough for your pets to stand up, lie down and turn around in natural positions.