Check Local Ordinances and Bylaws of Your New Community
Moving with a pet can be difficult if you don’t do your research. There are a lot of restrictions placed on pets in many communities. For instance, I lived in a neighborhood where all pets had to weigh 30 pounds or less. Another apartment community only allowed cats. Save yourself the stress and do your pre-moving homework.
Schedule a Veterinarian Visit Before Moving
Prior to moving, take your pet to the veterinarian to get all necessary vaccinations, medications and a copy of all their medical records. Once you have settled into your new home, have a list of a veterinarian that you can contact to schedule a visit. Just like for humans, I like to check out the vet by talking to neighbors or going there before bringing my pet.
Keep Contact Information Current
A lot of pets have a microchip ID so it’s important to keep this contact information up-to-date. You can update your pet’s contact information at Found Animals. Thank goodness for technology as we are able to locate our pets much faster, though not everyone is familiar with the microchip process. Therefore, I would also suggest making sure your pet’s collar and crate has up-to-date contact information.
Make Arrangements for Your Pet to Stay with a Friend or at a Kennel
All the extra noises and movement in your home can create a stressful environment for your pet. I suggest taking your friend up on that offer to help and let them take care of your pet on moving day. This way your pet gets their food, medicine, walks and, most importantly, is happy. You will thank yourself for doing this!
Check Airline Rules for Pets; Make Sure Lodging Allows for Them Too
Airplane or car? There are a lot of things to consider when traveling with a pet. Once you have booked your flight, go to the airline website to make sure your pet complies with airline policies. One helpful hint is to make arrangements for someone to meet your pet in baggage claim. I learned that the hard way as my pet was delivered to baggage claim before I got there. If traveling by car, you might want to do research on hotels that are pet-friendly before embarking on your journey. There are many websites out there that provide information on great pet-friendly hotels. Be sure and check the hotel policies as most hotels have a weight limit on pets and require visitors to be with their pet at all times.
Treat Your Pet
The new environment for your pet may be overwhelming. Be sure to give your pet lots of extra love and attention. Find a local dog park and let your pet run around freely. Of course, every pet loves a new treat or toy.
Create a New Home with Your Pet in Mind
You cannot forget about your pet when searching for that new home. Before your pet gets to your new dwelling, make sure to have all their things in place, such as food, toys, bedding, and other items that your pet is used to where you live now. With familiarity, your pet will be adjusted to the new home in