Moving is a big enough adjustment for you to make, so imagine the amount of stress that the process puts on your furry friend! You don’t have to make this a negative experience, however. Since your pet is part of the family, so you should take extra steps to ensure that they are safe and comfortable while you make this exciting transition! 

Contact Your Vet

Before you do anything else for your pet, you need to speak with their vet. If you are moving out of the area, you will need to make sure that you have all of the necessary records for your new veterinarian. You should also discuss your pet’s medical needs and the safest way to make travel arrangements. Lastly, we recommend making sure that your pets are up-to-date on all of their vaccinations in case you have to kennel them at some point during the relocation.

Prepare a Travel Kit

With the information that your vet provides and any medication, you should start to prepare a separate travel bag for your pet’s belongings. Since he or she will be riding in the car with you, you need to make sure that you have plenty of supplies, including:

  • Food & Water
  • Dishes
  • Leash & Toys
  • Crate
  • Litter
  • Grooming Tools

Keep Pets out of the Way

As we mentioned earlier, this is a stressful time for your pet, especially if you hire residential movers to pack your belongings. The commotion and strangers can put your animal in a dangerous position, so at the very least, we always recommend that you keep them in a separate, quiet room. If possible, you should use an animal daycare center or enlist the help of a family friend that is familiar with your pet.

Allow Time for Adjustments

We know that you are excited to get settled into your new home, but it is very important that you give your pet ample time to adjust to everything. Familiar items like a pet bed, blanket, or toys can help make the place feel like home. Though it might seem harsh, you should consider keeping your pet confined for at least a few weeks. If you were to let your dog or cat out on its own, it could become confused and attempt to run to your old house!

Update Their Address

Since there is the risk that your pet could run away, it is imperative that you update your pet’s tags or microchip as soon as possible. Far too many animals end up in shelters with outdated contact information, so you should never overlook this simple step. 

Are interested in learning more about how you can ease your pet into your new home? If so, we recommend that you pick up the phone and contact the experienced movers of Thomas Transfer & Storage. You can also request more information on the cost of hiring our professionals by filling out our online form.