Moving is difficult for kids and pets and, while all parents make sure the moving process will be smooth for their children, so they can protect them from the chaos and stress that usually dominates this situation, many forget that moving is stressful for pets too.
Pets, just like humans, are used to their living environment. They know their dog and cat friends in the neighborhood, they know which squirrels lives in which tree and every street of the neighborhood. Uprooting them and moving them into a new place can be hard on them and their habits. Of course, the fact that they are going to have their owners there for safety will make things a lot easier for them. Give them attention and love and they will learn to care for their new place fast.
- Pet regulations in the new place you’re moving
It’s very important for you to read all pet regulations that apply in the new place you’re moving, especially if you’re moving to a new region or country. If you’re moving your pet to a new country, it’s important to check and see what the specific state requires from owners with pets. For example, more than half of the states in the United States require a pet harness for dogs. However, only Hawaii requires quarantine for the pets brought from the other states. If you’re planning to move overseas, you should expect stricter quarantine rules, some countries requiring even a six month quarantine for pets.
- Moving trucks are not an option for pets
Of course you can’t put your pet in the back of the moving truck, so you should not even joke about this. And even if you would want to do this, professional moving companies don’t move pets. The only alternative is to take your pets with you. This way you can care for them and make sure they are safe, as well as calm them down if they get nervous.
- Move your pets by car or plane
If you want to transport your pets with you by car, you should consider buying certain accessories that will help you protect your car and create a comfortable space for your four-legged friends. You should buy things like pet car barriers, pet seat covers and ramps to help them climb aboard. If you want to transport you pet by plane, make sure you discuss the necessary details with your airline. Your pet will certainly be more comfortable if you were to take them with you in the cabin of the plane.
- Immunise your pet
If you’re planning to transport your pet by plane, you need to make sure you have proof of the immunisation required by the carrier. Most airlines need to see a certificate that proves your pet has had their rabies shots, as well as a document that attests veterinary inspection and an acclimation certificate.
- Don’t forget about tags
You should also make sure that your pets have proper identification at all times, when they are transported by air or car. They should wear a tag that includes your name and phone number, as well as your address and even the contact details of an emergency contact. It’s always good to have two points of contact on their tag.
- Talk to your landlord and consult the county’s laws
It’s very important to know all the laws that apply to owners with pets in the county you’re planning to move. There are counties that may state you can have a limited number of pets in your residence. This why, you should also talk to your landlord, in case you’re a tenant, or with the building’s administrator. Some states require for pets to have certain licenses before being allowed to stay in a private residence.
Either way, make sure you know the laws and regulations of the county, borough, and building you are planning to move into before buying or renting the place. It’s best to know ahead what you need to do for your pet to become a legal resident of a certain city.