Moving with animals: How to move with your family’s pet

Relocating your family is a lot like a juggling act. You have to keep track of a lot of moving parts while trying to not drop any balls, like forgetting to cancel the cable or turn on the utilities at your new home. If you have pets you have even more to keep track of, such as how to keep them safe and calm during the process.

Here are a few ways you can make your move less difficult on you and your pets.

1. Talk to a vet

Your vet can offer some helpful tips specific to your animal. If they know your dog is jumpy or your cat is extra sensitive, they can prescribe tranquilizers to make it easier. If you worry about on-the-road queasiness, they can help with that too. And if you have an exotic pet, they are likely to have expertise that you can use as well.

2. Invest in a crate

If you have a dog or cat, a moving carrier, or small crate, might be your best friend. Start getting your pet used to the carrier or crate for at least a month before the move. Then when it’s time to pack up the truck, they can stay safe while you load and unload. When you’re on the road, they can curl up in comfort in between rest stops. There are also moving cages for birds and small transition houses for reptiles as well.

3. Locate a new vet

If you’re moving long distance you’re going to need a new veterinarian. Don’t wait until you’re in need, start looking now. Narrow down the options based on the type of pet you have, the distance from your new home and online reviews. Doing all of the footwork before you need it will make life easier should an animal-related emergency arise.

4. Appoint a pet sitter

Most pets are particularly drawn to one member of the family. When you’re moving, appoint one member to be the pet caretaker during the process. They can be the calming voice when it’s needed and handle duties like feeding and walking the animal. This can ensure that your pets are well cared for and have the attention they need during the transition.

Moving with pets has its own challenges, but with a little extra time and planning you can make it easier for everyone. Have some tips of your own? We’d love to hear how you made your move easier for your furry or feathered friends.

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