Moving with pets can be a challenging endeavor, and it leads to a massive amount of stress on the part of your pet. Before planning your relocation, keep in mind a few things. The first step is ensuring that moving your pet is safe and legal. Visit the vet and explain that you’re relocating. The can give your pet a clean bill of health and sedatives if the trip is going to be long distance. If it’s a move across state lines, you may also want to check with the new state’s office of the state veterinarian to ensure that your pet is legal to import. With common pets like dogs and cats, it’s usually a non-issue, but it’s still a good idea to check.
Even more important is the fact that your pet will have serious emotional needs at the time of the move. Keeping their routine the same is essential, but take time to give them more of your attention. Should your focus be on the move, your pet may feel neglected, which could make the transition harder than it needs to be. As the furniture and boxes are being moved out, keep your pet in a separate room and give them a similarly small space once you’ve moved in. Let them transition in stages. Quite simply, moving with pets is as simple as having pets. Be understanding, kind, and loving. The rest will follow.