About 68% of American households have a pet, according to the American Pet Products Association (APPA). Every year, many of these families move to another home or apartment and bring their cats, dogs, and smaller pets along with them. Of course, this can be a stressful and potentially hazardous experience for person and pet alike. 

A. Arnold Relocation understands the concerns that many of our customers have with moving their beloved pets. They can become anxious, sick, or even run away and get lost. If you are planning on moving soon and own a pet, check out these five tips for moving with a pet. You’ll both have an easier time with that transition.

Update Your Pet’s Address and Microchip

Just like you need to submit a new mailing address to your post office, your pet needs to update their address on their tags and microchip. Local malls and grocery stores usually have an engraver booth where you can purchase pet tags and have them engraved with your pet’s future address. 

You can also contact the registry that your pet’s microchip is associated with to update the emergency contact information. If you aren’t sure where the microchip is from, check the paperwork that your veterinarian provided or contact the vet directly. If all else fails, your vet can also scan the microchip to get the ID number and it will tell you which registry to contact.

Consider a Mild Sedative for Your Pet

While many homeowners might consider taking a sedative during a stressful move, this is a suggestion for your pets. Some dogs and cats do not travel well, no matter how much you try to ease the journey. If your pet has bad symptoms like the following when in the car, consider asking the veterinarian for a mild sedative to give them. These symptoms can include:

  • Panting
  • Barking/Meowing
  • Trembling
  • Fidgeting/Unable to Settle
  • Vomiting
  • Urination/Bowel Movements

There are also over-the-counter products to help pets relax during the long journey. These medications may contain herbs like Passionflower and Valerian, to help a pet calm down and feel less anxious.

Use a Pet Carrier Before the Residential Movers Arrive

So many people say their pets are just fine in the car without a carrier, and that may be true, but their multiple benefits to using a pet carrier during your move. Keep your pet from running out the front door while you are distracted, by putting your pet inside the carrier before the residential movers arrive. Carriers are also quiet and private spaces that can help pets, especially dogs, feel safe during a stressful time. Plus, if you make a pit stop while on the road, you can safely open the car doors without the risk of a dog or cat making a run for it!

Pack a “First Day/Car Trip” Bag for Your Pets

Pets are a part of the family too and they also deserve to have a “First Day” box for the earliest days at your new home. This box is a good place to stash things for the trip to your home too. Fill it with dog or cat food, treats, toys, extra water, medication, and other essentials for Fluffy or Fido. It will prove invaluable for helping your pet settle in after you move. 

Make Sure Your Pet is Welcome

If you are moving into an apartment, condo, or home in a neighborhood with strict regulations, there may be some pets that aren’t allowed. It’s also possible that the city you move to will have legislation against certain pets, such as pit bulls, or exotic animals. Double-check that your pet is okay with the property owner, homeowner’s association, and the city to minimize any headaches after your move.

This is also a good time to find out what kind of vaccinations, licenses, and pet insurance is required, if any.

A. Arnold Relocation is a pet-friendly mover who is here to help with your transition to a new home. Give us a call or fill out our online form to ask about a free home consultation. We’ll provide a free quote for moving your belongings and work with you to develop a moving plan that takes the needs of your entire household into account.