If you’ll be moving to a new home in the near future, you’re undoubtedly looking forward to beginning your adventure with your new home and community. You may be feeling a bit of apprehension as well. Moving can involve a certain amount of inevitable stress, but being properly prepared helps streamline the process and minimize issues with the potential to create anxiety.
Moving is stressful for domestic pets as well as their humans. Unfortunately, many people often tend to put the needs of their pet on the back burner during the moving process. Here’s what you need to know about making a long-distance move with your furry friend.
Make an Appointment With Your Pet’s Vet
Some states require you to provide a health certificate for incoming domestic pets. Even if this documentation isn’t required in your case, it’s still a good idea to schedule a vet visit to ensure your furry friend is in optimal health before the big day. This is also a great time to ask for health records and for a recommendation for a veterinarian in your new home.
Get Your Paperwork Together
Create a small folder with hard copies of your pet’s veterinary records and any prescriptions so you have them on hand in case something comes up. Providing thorough vet records and medication history can save your pet’s life in an emergency. Including hard copies of photos of your pet provides you with something to quickly show people and tack up on bulletin boards in the event that your furry friend slips away while en route to your new home. Secure this folder in a safe compartment in your vehicle instead of packing it in a box and placing it in the moving van.
Make Appropriate and Safe Arrangements for Moving Day
There will be people in and out of your home on moving day and there is the potential for your pet to escape in the chaos. For this reason, you may want to consider boarding your pet or having someone else watch your pet. This way, you can feel confident your pet is safe and secure during this transitional period.