Moving with furry friends (and we’re not talking about dust bunnies)

Family pets can often be an overlooked member of your family during a relocation. When boxes are scattered throughout your home and everyone is trying to get settled, follow these tips to help your pet adjust to their new environment.

  • Pets cannot be shipped on moving vans.
  • Pets often become frightened and may try to run away. Keep your pet on a leash when outside.
  • Be sure to update identification tags with the pet’s name, your name and where you can be reached.
  • Consult your veterinarian concerning mild sedation of your pet during the trip to your new home.
  • If your move is across state lines, check with your new State Veterinarian or State Department of Animal Husbandry for entry requirements. A good place to start is the U.S. State and Territory Animal Import Regulations Web site.
  • Interstate health certificates must be obtained for dogs and horses prior to entering most states.
  • States require a rabies vaccine for dogs and many require it for cats. Hawaii requires that cats and dogs be quarantined for 120 days.
  • Obtain a shipping container for a week or two in advance. Familiarize your pet with it by placing the pet in it for a few minutes each day. Gradually lengthen the time until the pet seems to be at ease with it.
  • Carefully schedule boarding and shipping arrangements for your pet to assure that the pet is well cared for until you are able to receive it at your new home.
  • If you must stop overnight in route to your new home, check in advance for hotels that allow pets.

Proper planning can make your relocation smooth for both you and your pet. For more move planning information, click here.

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