Tips for moving with a pet

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Whether it’s across the street or across the country, moving can be a stressful and chaotic time for your family, including your four-legged family members, who don’t understand what’s happening.

Consider these tips to help make your move with your pet as smooth as possible, and visit for more information on making pets happy, healthy and welcome everywhere.

1. Check In with Your Vet

Ahead of a move, schedule an appointment with your veterinarian to ensure your pet is healthy and up-to-date on all vaccines. While you are there, ask for a copy of your pet’s records and get recommendations for a veterinarian’s office closer to your new home.

If your pet has an ID microchip, be sure to update your new address and contact information.

2. Research Your New Neighborhood

Before relocating to your new home, research the pet policies and amenities your new town may have.

Some cities require pet registration or special collar tags.

Municipalities often list the dog parks or public spaces online where pets are welcome, on or off the leash.

If your new town is lacking pet-friendly places, visit to find ways to help your city become more welcoming to furry friends.

3. Pack a Pet Bag

Amid all the packing supplies, it can be easy to lose track of your pet’s belongings. Instead of digging through boxes to find his food once dinnertime rolls around, pack a travel bag for your pet, so food and bowls are easily accessible.

Keep a few of your pet’s favorite items, like toys and blankets, on-hand in the car to help reduce nervousness during travel.

4. Take a Room-by-Room Tour

Giving your pet free rein of a new house right away can be overwhelming and confusing, so plan a slower approach to ensure your pet gradually adjusts.

Once you arrive at your new home, introduce your pet to his new environment, one room at a time. Start in one main room, and once your pet seems comfortable, move onto the next room and repeat the process throughout the whole home.

5. Give Extra Love and Attention and Establish a Routine

As exhausted as you may be at the end of moving day, don’t forget to show your pet some extra love.

Your pet may also need time to adjust to a new environment and may be looking for familiar day-to-day structure. Keeping a normal routine and paying close attention to your pet can help prevent unnecessary stress.

Source: PRNewswire/Family Features