Moving can be a chaotic and stressful experience for humans, and it’s no different for our furry companions. Whether you’re moving locally or internationally, it’s essential to keep your pet’s needs in mind to ensure their safety and comfort during the relocation. Here are some helpful tips to make the move a smoother process.
Find a Pet Sitter for Local Moves
One moving day, it’s a good idea to have a trusted family member or friend watch your pet to avoid stress and reduce the chances of them running away. You can also inquire about pet-sitting services to give you peace of mind and allow you to focus on the move.
Pack Enough Pet Supplies for Long-Distance Travel
If you’re traveling long distances, make sure to pack a dedicated box for a suitcase with enough food, sanitary care items, and comfort supplies for the entire trip. Having everything in a centralized location will make it easier for you to care for your pet on the road.
Research Local Veterinarians in Advance
Changing familiar veterinary care can be stressful for everyone, including pets. Make the process easier by doing research in advance. Find a vet in your new area and schedule an initial appointment if possible. This way, you can ensure that your pet’s health needs are met, and you have somewhere to turn in case of an emergency.
Check Local Regulations Regarding Exotic Animals
If you have an exotic pet, be aware that different states and countries may have regulations and restrictions regarding the ownership of such animals. Make sure to check the regulatory website of your destination to see if there are any restrictions.
Research Pet Restrictions for International Relocation
Moving with a pet internationally often comes with regulations and restrictions. Check out the International Pet and Animal Transportation Association as a resource to see if they have helpful information about moving pets from the U.S. to another country.
Aquariums, Terrariums, Habitats, and Cages
Pets like fish, reptiles, and birds often have specific environments, such as aquariums, terrariums, habitats, and cages. Protect your pet’s home by speaking with your residential mover. Often, they’ll have extra padding or crating options to help relocate your pet’s home safely.
Consider a Pet Shipping Company
If you have a particularly long or complicated move coming up, it might be beneficial to look into a shipping company that focuses on pet transportation. The International Pet and Animal Transportation Association can help you find a reputable pet shipping specialist if self-transport isn’t feasible.
Moving with pets requires extra planning and preparation, but with these tips, you can make the experience as smooth and stress-free as possible for both you and your furry family members. A dedicated and caring long-distance mover can also help reduce anxiety for all involved. Coleman Worldwide Moving has over a century of experience providing proven superior services. Get started with a free quote.