Moving is often a stressful time, especially when animals are involved. However, when you take a little time to prepare, moving with your pet can be a fun experience.

Local Regulations

Before going anywhere with your pet, always check with your planned destination about any animal-related rules and regulations. Some places are stricter than others when it comes to the species and breeds of animals that they allow. For example, ferrets are banned in several states. Some cities also have breed-specific legislation when it comes to dogs. This is an important first step before planning a move as it will determine whether or not your pet will be allowed.


Before you go anywhere with your pet, you should make sure that they have appropriate identification. This is crucial in avoiding any disasters in case they get lost. Dogs and cats should ideally be microchipped and have collars with tags that display your phone number. This way, if anyone finds them, they will be able to contact you right away. For smaller animals that reside in cages, such as hamsters and mice, you can attach a luggage tag to the cage with your contact information in case the cage gets left behind at any point.


Schedule a vet appointment for your pet before you leave. This is to ensure that they are up-to-date on their vaccinations. You may also need to get a health certificate for your pet, depending on your destination. It is a good idea to look into the requirements of your specific destination before your vet visit so that you know what you will need. While you are traveling, be sure to keep all of your pet’s health records handy.

Secure Your Pets

If you plan on traveling by car, then it is a good idea to have secure crates for your pet. This is for everyone’s safety. It is dangerous to have animals loose in the car as they can distract the driver and get in the way. Dogs can also be secured by specialized seat belts made for dogs if you prefer not to use crates.

For long-distance moves, plane travel is a little more complicated. Airlines will only allow certain sizes and types of animals to fly in the passenger cabin with their owners. Larger animals will need to fly in cargo, which can be risky. It may be helpful to research the specific airline you are using to find out their safety regulations for pets in cargo.

All animals that fly should be inappropriately sized carriers that are clearly labeled as containing live animals. Check with your airline to make sure your carrier is a size that they allow. If you wish to fly with your pet, it is crucial that you contact the airline well in advance. Most airlines severely limit the number of pets allowed per flight.

As long as you plan ahead, moving with your pet should go smoothly. When in doubt, check with your veterinarian about any concerns.

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