Moving With Pets Moving Tips

Posted on: January 1st, 2015 by admin

Moving can present a number of challenges, but moving with pets takes on a different tone. Scout Moving knows that with good preparation you can avoid a number of issues both before and after your move and help curb any anxiety for you or your pet. We’ve created 6 tips for moving with pets that will help you get prepared and make the safest and most comfortable trip with your furry loved one.


Get Informed

Before you move to your new home, make sure to learn about the rules and regulations that the building or neighborhood has for pets. You don’t want to be caught off guard and get fined or worse. Learn leash laws, animal size restrictions and licensing or vaccination requirements. Get in contact with animal control and even neighbors beforehand. Moving with pets will provide more challenges, but being informed will stop any unpleasant surprises.



If you’re moving a long distance from your current location, be sure to keep you pet’s health in mind. Read about how pets can react and what to watch for and talk to your current vet about what to expect and how to handle a difficult situation. You’ll want your cat or dog to be happy and healthy once you’re in the new area, too; look up vets in the new city, and find one that you feel comfortable and happy with.



Both you and your pet now have a new residence! Don’t forget to update your pets tags with the new address and new contact information if needed.


Setting the mood

Animals can feel stress just like people, so if you’re getting high strung with moving preparations or packing in a hurry, your pet is more likely to be anxious. Keep things calm and try to pack and go about your business normally to reduce stress. Some pets are naturally more skittish than others, if that’s the case, consider having a friend watch them for a few hours a day while you pack and get ready.


The Move

The actual moving day can be highly stressful for both you and your pet. If a carrier is needed make sure that your pet has been introduced to it beforehand. Make the carrier as comfortable as possible with blankets, toys and treats to make the move pleasant. Make sure to keep any necessary medications or items with you at all times, so that if needed they’re quickly at hand.



While animals are more adept at finding their way, pets can still get lost. Make sure to ease your pet into their new surroundings, so that they can get acclimatized, learn the area and reduce their risk of getting lost. Take your dog out for walks as soon as possible and let them meet the neighbors if possible. All of these things can help a pet find its way home. Don’t forget to give you pet attention in the midst of all the work, too!