Moving house can be a stressful event – imagine going through it if you had no idea what was happening! This is what your family pets experience, a complete upheaval of their world, with no understanding of what is going on. For pets that spend their lives indoors moving is particularly traumatic.
Fortunately, there are steps you can take to ease the strain of moving with your pets. Jay’s Moving has over 50 years of experience helping families and their pets move throughout Saskatchewan, across Canada and the United States.
General tips for moving pets:
- Make sure your pet is wearing proper identification and any required license tags in case they get lost;
- Ask your vet for a copy of your pets’ medical history, and be sure all vaccinations are current;
- In the days leading up to the move, your pets may become anxious because of all the unusual activity. Keep a close eye on them, and consider having them boarded during the most hectic days;
- During the move, carry or keep with the pet a health certificate signed by your veterinarian that says your pet is in good condition and a rabies vaccination certificate;
- If your pet is nervous, ask your vet about sedation during the move;
- If your move is international, inquire about applicable laws on entry of animals and any quarantine that may apply;
- After your move, keep your pets indoors and closely supervised (and leashed) if they need to go outside until they adjust to the new neighborhood;
- If you pet has a microchip implant, remember to update the contact information, and
- Ask your veterinarian to recommend a vet in the new community to which you are moving.
Pet shipping by Air
If your move involves air travel, make arrangements well in advance and make sure to check with the airline about regulations regarding inoculations, health certificates, approved pet carriers, ID and special coveragefor your pet. If at all possible, choose a direct flight so your pet isn’t exposed to repeated changes in temperature and air pressure.
On the road – Moving pets by car
Car travel is probably the best way of moving your pets to their new home. It provides a feeling of security because you can keep your animal with you, making you both feel better, and it is less expensive.
Some pets relish car rides, but if your pet isn't used to car travel, take it on short rides before the move so it can get used to the motion of the car. If the animal remains anxious, or gets carsick, consult your veterinarian about medication for motion sickness, or a sedative. If you need to stop at a motel along the way, find out which motels accept pets. It’s safer to keep your pet inside a kennel or carrier during travel, and always use a leash, kennel or carrier to move your pets from car to motel.
While you’re on the road, stop frequently to allow the pets opportunity to have a drink and exercise (remember to bring plastic bags!), and don’t leave them alone in the car. Provide a favorite toy to distract them and bring rags or paper towels in case of a mess. If you must leave your pet alone in a motel room, put them in their carrier and hang a “Do not Disturb” sign on the door. Limit your time away.
If you're moving with a bird, rodent or reptile keep the cage covered to help calm it. Remove water and food dishes to avoid messy spills. Feed and water it at stops along the way.
When you arrive at your new home, immediately establish a safe room for the pets away from the commotion of moving. Provide water and food, and reassure them if they are anxious. It will take time for your pets to adjust, until then keep them leashed when outside, unless they are in a securely fenced yard.
Ask Jay’s for advice on any aspect of your move – our experienced consultants are happy to help! Call 1(877) 715-7421.