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Tips for Moving with Pets

Moving into a home in a new location can be an exciting adventure, but it can also be the cause of stress and confusion for many household pets.

To minimize the trauma of your sweet fur babies, here are a few tips from realtor and broker, Liz Francis that may help make your pet’s transition a little easier:

-Schedule an appointment with the veterinarian for a check-up prior to moving.

-Obtain a copy of your pet’s medical history along with rabies certifications that state when and where your pet will be vaccinated

-Make sure the supply of current medications will last until a veterinarian in your new location can be found to provide refills

-Proper identification is essential. Be certain that any required license tags are secured properly and the contact information is current.

-Pets can become anxious with the increase of activity prior to a move. To eliminate the threat of them misbehaving or running off, consider boarding your pet during the most hectic of moving days.

-If you are moving your pet by car & have a way to travel, be sure to take a favorite toy or two, a leash for when stops are made, and plenty of water to keep your pet hydrated.

-Requirements for the movement of pets across state lines are set by each individual state. Contact the State Veterinarian in your new location to obtain the most current information.

-Once you and your pet have arrived in your new location, allow sufficient time for the new neighborhood adjustment to be made. It could take a few days or a few weeks for your pet to adapt to their new surroundings, so don’t be surprised if they’re a little out of sorts with everything in the beginning!

-Make sure to have a current photo of your pet on your cell phone, or a photo on hand! If your pet gets lost during the move, a photograph will make it much easier to search efficiently.

We hope these tips help minimize your pets stress before, during, and after the big move!