How to Move to a Different State with Your Pet

How to Move to a Different State with Your Pet

When it is time to move to a new home, the experience can mix excitement and nervousness. Your pet goes through a similar emotional experience. 

Although there are new sights, sounds, and smells to experience with a new home, you’re also taking your pet away from everything meaningful to their daily routine. It should be a fun experience, but the entire process becomes stressful instead. 

These issues become even worse when you need to move to a different state or country and bring your pet along for the ride.

Steps to Take When Moving to a Different State with Pets

1. Begin with a trip to the veterinarian.

You can avoid most of the potential problems when moving to a different state by scheduling a checkup with your current vet before you leave. Use this appointment to get caught up on the vaccinations that you need. Some states won’t let you bring your pet until you can prove that the rabies vaccination is current. 

2. Stock up on the supplies you will need. 

When you travel with pets, you must expect the worst thing to happen. That means you need food and water available for your animal companions if you get stuck in traffic. Should they need specialty products, it is better to stock up before you leave instead of trying to find them along the way.  You don’t want to be in the middle of nowhere with an unhappy animal who is also hungry.

3. Schedule bathroom breaks for your pet. 

Your pet needs to have a stop about every three hours to have a successful traveling experience. Some cats prefer to keep to a litter box that’s within their carrier, so you don’t have to push their limits by taking them outside. If you are moving with dogs, you want to remember some extra bags to take care of their waste.

4. Update your microchips information and ID tags.

If something happens during the move that separates you from your pet, you’ll want to have a way to get reunited. Before starting the journey, update your microchip information to reflect the new address. It also helps to have the ID tags changed to reflect the latest data. If you don’t want all of that info broadcast to a potential stranger, try to have your cell number or an email address put on the tag so that someone can contact you.

5. Know when to take a break.

If you need to travel for more than a day to reach your new home, it helps to reserve a room at a pet-friendly hotel. When you have an exotic animal, you’ll need to review the policies before staying to ensure you can get back whatever security deposit is necessary for the reservation.

It isn’t usually necessary to administer sedatives to pets when moving. If you speak to them often and offer their favorite toys, it can be a positive experience for everyone. 

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