Moving day is very busy with a lot on the To Do List, but don’t forget your pet! There are a few things you can do to make the move go well for your canine friend:
- Make sure your pet’s tag is current: Your pet’s ID tag should include your phone number, new address, and cell phone number.
- Vet records: If you are moving far enough that you need to get a new vet, be sure to get your pet’s records from your old Veterinarian.
- Stash medication and food with you: In the event of an emergency, it’s important to be prepared with the bare essentials of what your pet needs.
- Create a safe zone: Keep your pet away from all of the craziness and set up a cozy place for them to hang out such as a bathroom.
- First Aid: Be sure to have a few basic first aid supplies on hand in case they are needed. Suggestions include gauze, towels, bandages, 3% hydrogen peroxide, and your vet’s phone number.
- Car safety: The safest way for your pet to travel in the car is always a crate, but if that’s not possible then use a restraining harness. Put some favorite toys and maybe a blanket with your pet so they are comfortable. Never leave a pet unattended inside the storage area of a van or an open truck bed.
- If flying: Be sure to check with the airlines about requirements or restrictions about flying with your pet. If flying may make your pet upset, consult with your vet about ways to reduce anxiety and stress.
- New vet/animal hospital: If necessary, find a new place for your pet to receive medical care. Ask your current vet to recommend a new provider in your area and/or talk with other pet owners to get suggestions.
- Help your pet adjust to your new home: As soon as possible after moving, put out all of your pet’s items including food, water, toys, etc. Keep windows and doors closed as your furry friend may try to make a run for it.
- Explore your new locale: Once you find a new vet, find out if there are any special laws in the area regarding pets or any concerns about diseases such as heartworm. Seek out dog parks, pet stores, and other amenities that will help make you and your pet feel at home.