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Moving with Four Legged Family Members

When moving with four-legged family members here are some of Republic Moving & Storage’s tips that will make your move into the new home an easy and safe transition for all.

1. Paperwork

If you are embarking on a long-distance move it is recommended that you have copies of all of your animal’s vet records and latest vaccinations.  Having readily available documents that aren’t packed away will make it easy for you provide the new veterinarian the documentation and safeguard you if for some reason need the records during the course of your travels.

2. Update IDs

Update your pet’s identification tags with the new home information as well as your cell phone number in case you get separated from your pet during the move.  If your animal is microchipped make sure that the company has the updated information on file as well.

3. Buckle Up!

Investing in a safe carrier and/or pet restraint device is highly recommended to keep yourself and your animal safe.  Pets can get jittery or become a distraction so keep them safeguarded.  If you are moving with cats it is imperative that you have a carrier to avoid them trying to curl up by your feet or crawl around the car. For your safety and your pet’s safety make sure all animals are buckled up or in safe carriers.

4. Light Diets

Some animals can be prone to motion sickness in the car or may become uneasy due to all the added commotion. Keep their diets to a minimum when moving but remember to keep them hydrated with a with a fresh, clean water bowl.

5. Moving Day

The day of the move make sure that animals are placed securely in a room that has already been moved so they are not underfoot. If possible ask a trusted neighbor or friend to watch them when the actual move is occurring. Animals can become jittery and uneasy when they see their house being loaded up and may be more prone to get out so keep a close eye on their behavior and make sure that they have a favorite blanket or toy to make them feel secure.

6. Car Moves

It should go without saying that you should never put an animal in a moving truck. Your four-legged family members should be moved in your car or another family member’s car to keep them safe.

7. Plan for Stops Along the Way

Many dogs will just curl up and sleep when in the car but remember on long distance moves to plan to stop every few hours to let your pooch stretch it’s legs and have a bathroom break.

8. Know the Rules

Some states have regulations about transporting animals across the state line such as Hawaii that requires a 6 month quarantine.  Different areas may require different neighborhood licenses so make sure to check with your state, local and neighborhood regulations before you set off on your move.

9. Pet Photos

The last thing that we ever want to hear is that you have a problem when moving with your pets.  In case of an unfortunate event of being separated from your pet have on hand recent photos of your pet in case it gets lost when you are traveling.

10: Pet Suitcase

Just like you packed a moving bag of neccesities plan to pack one for your animal too. A favorite toy and blanket, leash, plastic bags for bathroom breaks, food and water, pet dishes and any necessary medicine and documentation should be placed all in one bag or suitcase for your furry family member.

11. Lots of Love

Just like anyone else that is going through a move pets need constant reassurance. Make sure to give your pets lots of reassurance, love and belly rubs to make them feel comfortable and at ease through the entire move and when they eventually get settled into their new home.

Have you moved with a pet before? What pet tips helped you make it a successful move?


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