Depending on your situation, moving with pets can add a whole new layer of complication! Whether you’re figuring out how to move pets long distances, comply with laws and keep your pet happy, we have some great advice! 

Moving to a new place can be an exciting venture, but it can also cause stress and confusion for any pets you may have. To reduce any trauma as much as possible, here are 10 important tips that will help you and your pet’s transition go a little easier. 

1. Meet with your vet.

Now is a great time to check up on the health of your pet. Schedule an appointment and get a check-up done. 

2. Get a copy of your pet’s medical history. 

This could be hard to obtain after you move, so use your visit to the vet as an opportunity to get info on your pet’s medical history, proof of rabies vaccination, and information on where and when your pet has been vaccinated. 

3. Make sure you have your pet’s medication on hand. 

If your pet takes medication, you’ll want to stock up with their current veterinarian. It could take awhile to get set up with a new vet who can provide refills, and you don’t want your pet to go without in the meantime! 

4. Proper identification is essential.

Make sure that any required license tags are properly secured to your pet, and make sure that contact info is current. 

5. Consider boarding your pet during moving days. 

Pet’s anxiety can drastically increase as a move is happening, and you’ll want to eliminate the threat of them misbehaving or running off. Consider boarding your pet or having a friend or family member babysit them during the busiest days. 

6. Prepare for long car rides. 

If you’ll be making a journey by car, make sure to have your pet’s favorite things on hand! Pack a couple of toys, a leash, and plenty of food and water. 

7. Learn about requirements for pets in your new location.

Requirements for moving pets and keeping pets in states and cities varies, so you’ll want to research or contact the State Veterinarian in your new location to get the most current information. 

8. Allow your pet time to adjust in their new home. 

Give your pet sufficient time to explore and adjust to their new neighborhood or home. It could take a few days or a few weeks for your pet to get used to things, depending on their personality. 

9. Be sure to have a photograph of your pet on hand during the move. 

If your pet does end up getting lost during the move, having an up-to-date photograph on hand will better help people assist you in finding them.