How to Safely and Legally Move Your Beloved Pet

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Moving homes with your petNow that you’ve chosen from among various long-distance moving van quotes, have decided on a moving company, and are in the process of packing up your things, it’s time to plan how you’ll move your beloved pet.

Moving could be particularly stressful for your precious pet, what with all the commotion that comes with de-cluttering and packing. To help make the move easier for you and your pet, here’s what you need to do.

1. Check out local and state rules.

Majority of municipalities and states have regulations concerning entry of new pets. Get in touch with the state veterinarian and find out about state laws and contact your new city’s town hall or city clerk to find out about specific pet restrictions such as leash rules, licenses, fences, etc.

2. Ensure that your pet’s shots are up-to-date.

Visit your veterinarian to get your pet checked and make sure that your pet’s vaccinations are up-to-date. Take note that almost all states require that new pets have a health certificate to verify that a pet is free of any disease. This is especially crucial if you’re riding an airplane.

3. Put together a travel kit for your pet.

If you won’t be riding a plane and are traveling by car, you need to have a travel kit for your pet that should contain food, water, treats, some toys, and a carrier or leash. The kit should likewise include basic things for cleaning up stuff such as vomit, pee, and poop, just in case.

If your pet isn’t used to car travel, ask your veterinarian for a relaxant or tranquilizer that you could easily administer. It’s also a good idea to take your pet with you during bathroom and stretching breaks.

Once you’ve arrived in your new home, make sure that your pet has her own space that’s as close as possible to the one she’s used to. Refrain from placing new stuff or toys and instead use the ones that your pet’s been using in your old home.

Your goal is to make your precious pet feel at home in your new abode, or at least feel comfortable so you wouldn’t want to have to worry about her when the chaos of unpacking starts.

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