Moving is already a stressful process and adding a pet on top of that only adds an extra set of complications. So while we can’t guarantee that moving with a pet will ever be a breeze, here are some tips for keeping your best friend(s) safe, satisfied, and out of the way on moving day.

Preparing to Move with a Pet

Make sure that your new home, landlord, neighborhood, etc. allows pets. Update any data on microchips and make sure you can easily access a copy of your dog or cat’s vaccination records. It also can be helpful to research local vets beforehand.

 In addition, the ASPCA recommends starting the packing process early to avoid any dramatic changes that might stress out your pets.

If you know your pet is going to be especially anxious due to the move, consider speaking with your current vet for recommendations to keep your pet as comfortable as possible. 

Remember to tell your moving team about your pet to ensure that the movers can send the right team members who won’t have to worry about allergies or other things that make an impact on their ability to be as efficient as possible with your move. 

Moving Day with a Pet

Pack a bag you can easily have on hand that contains everything your furry friend could need.  That means any urgent medications, food, bowls, a toy (or two!), kitty litter or doggie bags, and a leash. Make sure to pack enough for a few days (just in case!).

 If possible, consider placing your pet with a trusted friend, hiring a pet sitter, or boarding them for the day. This way you can focus on moving and won’t have to worry about taking care of your pet at the same time. Plus, your pet won’t be at risk of being underfoot or escaping out of open doors while the moving team is in your current and future home. 

 If temporarily relocating your pet for the day isn’t an option, isolate them in a quiet, familiar room while loading up the moving truck. Make sure to give your furry friend ample time to do their business before hitting the road and transport them in your car.

When hitting the road, make sure your pet is properly secured, either in their crate or by using a pet seat belt/harness. Ensure that there is adequate airflow, access to plenty of water and that the vehicle doesn’t get too hot. If you’re going on an especially long trip, consider scoping out your route beforehand to find rest areas where you can let your pet out for a bit. If you need to stay somewhere overnight, make sure wherever you’re staying is pet-friendly. Never leave your animal unattended in the car for a prolonged period.

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 Settling in After Moving with a Pet

Keep your pet isolated in one room (a bathroom is a good choice) while people are moving in and out of the house. Be sure to set up access to water, food, and toys and check on your pet regularly throughout the day. 

If your pet is skittish or nervous, slowly introduce them to the rest of the house. You don’t want to overwhelm them early on! Remember to share lots of love, treats, and familiar toys to help your pet adjust to his or her new surroundings.

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As You Settle In

Once you’ve made it to your new place and you’ve started to unpack, try to keep your pet’s routine as normal as possible. That means maintaining the usual meal, play, and walk times. Do a little research on your new neighborhood: locate the nearest dog park, pet store, and walking paths so you and your pet have a positive first experience exploring your new home together. 

At Flat Rate, we know moving is stressful for pets and pet parents alike. That’s why we do our best to make your move as smooth as possible by handling all the heavy lifting so you can focus on moving your family (furry friends and all!).  Book your move today!