If you are preparing for a move and have a dog, there are some things you will need to consider for the safe transport and transition of your furry family friend.
Here are some top tips you will need to consider when you plan a move with your dog.
Contact your veterinarian to confirm your dog is up-to-date on all of his vaccinations. Arrange for medical records, any special medical certificates (if traveling out of state or by air) and medications you will need to take with you.
Check to see if your current vet can refer you to a veterinarian in your new hometown or provide a resource for finding one.
Whether transporting your dog by car or air, you will need an approved transport carrier that is the appropriate size and is comfortable for your pet. Let your dog get acclimated and comfortable with the carrier before the move. If they have a favorite blanket, they like to curl up in consider placing that in the carrier when they travel in it.
Prepare a travel kit for your dog that includes a leash, medication, bowls, treats, disposable bags, as well as food and water.
If relocating to your new home by a long car ride, prepare your dog a few weeks in advance by taking him on short car trips to get used to the motion of the vehicle. Perhaps begin with short fun trips to the dog park so that he associates the car with a positive experience. Always make sure the carrier is secured in the vehicle.
Once on the road to your new home make sure you provide adequate time for walks, exercise and reassuring love and comfort.
Contact the airlines directly well in advance of your move date to check on regulations, costs, and services available. Try to book direct flights when possible to reduce stress on your dog. Be sure to make reservations well in advance as pet transport approval is granted on a first-come, first-served basis.
Consult with your specific airline for their rules and recommendations for pet air transport.
Upon arrival at your new house make sure you update your dog’s tag and microchip information as soon as possible. Being in new surroundings could cause your dog to run away, so current contact information is vital.
As you all settle in and adjust to your new home, use your dog’s familiar water and food bowls, doggie bed, blanket and favorite toys to make him feel at home. Consider keeping things in similar locations as your old home such as the water and food bowls near the back door.
Try to maintain the same routines and schedules as before. This will help ease your dog’s anxiety in the new home and allow him to settle in quicker.
Moving with your dog does not have to be a hard task, as long as you take all of the essential precautions to ensure that his move is a seamless experience!
If you are planning an upcoming move, be sure to contact us directly for a fast, accurate quote. You can be certain we will help guide you through the entire moving process with ease and ensure that your next move is a great one!