How to Help Your Pet Adjust to a Move

Pets can become disoriented and frightened by the whole
experience of moving. To reduce their stress on hectic packing days and
especially on moving day, be sure that pets are either securely penned,
boarded at a kennel or at a friend’s place. You don't want your pet
running away or getting injured underfoot.

Before You Leave

There are a few things to get in order before you leave:

  • Make sure your pet has an ID tag.

  • Check to see whether there are any special requirements, e.g., vaccinations or quarantines, required in the area you are moving to.

  • Visit the veterinarian and make sure your pet has its
    shots up to date. Get a health certificate, rabies certificate and copy
    of your pet’s medical records.

  • Have a sturdy, quality pet carrier and get your pet used to being in it before you move.

Staying at Hotels

If you will need to stay at hotels, phone ahead to make sure you have accommodations that will allow your pet.

Traveling by Car

A few simple tips can make smooth the experience of traveling by car with your pet.

  • Do not feed or give water to your pet for several hours before the move. On the road, feed your pet once daily.

  • Make sure there is adequate fresh air in the vehicle.

  • Take rest stops to give water and to exercise your pet.

  • Do not leave a pet alone in a car on hot days.

Traveling by Air

If you're relocating cross-country, you may want to fly your pet
to your final destination. Airlines typically transport animals in the
cargo hold. However, if you are also flying and your pet carrier fits
under your seat, you may be able to take your animal on the plane with
you. Check with your veterinarian to be sure your pet can handle the
strain and make arrangements with the airline well in advance.

After You Arrive

At your new home, keep pets confined for a few days in a limited
area like your bedroom, where you can comfort them. Introduce them to
the rest of the home gradually, so they don't feel overwhelmed. Do not
leave pets unattended outside until they have plenty of time to adjust
to their new surroundings, because animals sometimes run away in an
attempt to return to their old neighborhood.