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Caring for Your Pet’s Move

pet relocation moving petsAnimals are sensitive to both their environment and their owners’ moods. Thus, relocating is one of the most stressful events in any pet’s life, especially if it takes place later in her/his life. To make sure that your pets arrive at your new home in the safest and least stressful manner, here are a few suggestions:

Beginning a few days before and continuing until a few days after your move, it is best to confine your pets to a room. Keep the door closed and keep this room free of anything related to moving. It may seem unkind, but your pets will appreciate the security. In this room, set up your pets’ food bowls and any security items as well as a litter box and scratching post for your cats. Upon arrival to your new home, take your pets to their “moving-free” room along with their bowls and security items. Do not wash these items. Your pets will enjoy the familiar scent in the new environment. Open the door to the carrier, but do not force your pets out of their carrier. They will emerge when they feel comfortable. Keep the door to this room shut, perhaps locked if you have small children. A sign reminding family and visitors to keep the door shut will provide another level of security that your beloved pets will not escape. If your pets get loose on moving day, you will have a very hard time finding them, and once lost, your pets will have a hard time finding the house. After you have been at your home a few days, you can open the door to your pets’ room, but keep them inside the new house or apartment for a few more weeks. These periods of confinement may be shorter for dogs than for cats. Allow your pets to explore their surroundings on their own. Don’t rush the transition. Also, if you have been thinking about making your cat an indoor-only cat, this would be a good opportunity to do so.

los angeles pet relocation servicesBefore moving day, take your pets to the veterinarian for a check-up. Make sure that they are caught up on all vaccinations. Since each pet is unique, ask your veterinarian about your pets’ particular travel needs. Some sensitive cats and dogs may benefit from sedation during the trip, while others will be able to handle the travel stress without any need for sedation, which can pose health risks. If you are moving to another area, ask for a written record of your pets’ health records as well as copies of rabies certificates. Your veterinarian may also be able to refer you to a veterinarian near your new home. You will also need to know of any diseases common to your new neighborhood that may put your pets at risk. Once you have settled into your new home, choose a veterinarian as soon as possible and locate the nearest emergency clinic. Also, before you leave, be sure to update your pets’ tags with your new address and phone number.

Make a special suitcase for your pets and keep it with you throughout the move—not in the moving van. Include food and water bowls, food, special toys and/or blankets, and health certificates. If your pets are not used to their crate or to car rides, it will be beneficial to slowly desensitize them to both with short periods of time in the crate and/or small test drives through your neighborhood. While traveling, keep your pets with you. Don’t leave them in the car or moving van. Don’t allow too much food or water before and during your trip. You should plan for pit stops along your route every 2-3 hours. Before exiting the car at a pit stop, put leashes on every pet. For long-distance drives, be sure to locate pet friendly hotels along your route. Many online hotel searchengines have “pets accepted” as a search option.

moving your pets cross countryWhile moving into your new home, look out for hazards such as poisons and hazardous chemicals. You probably normally keep dangerous cleaners out of your pets’ reach, but while moving in you may leave them out for a while. Small pets often chew on electrical wires, so keep an eye out for this hazard as well. Look out for items that your pets may choke on such as small balls, packing materials, and choke collars. Be careful about insecurely stacked items such as heavy boxes. Check your new home for possible routes of escape such as loose screens.

Keep smaller animals in their cages during the move, but remove any other items from the cage thatmay hurt them, such as food, water, or toys. Return these items once the cage is placed in your new home, and provide small portions of food and water during the trip as needed. Your small pets will find it comforting if you cover the cage with a light sheet, but be careful to regulate the temperature. Small pets are particularly vulnerable to severe temperature changes.

No matter the type of pet, provide her/him with plenty of attention during this stressful time. While on a leash, take your cat or dog on a walk through the backyard or around the block. Show them their new home.


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Confinement: Prepare a “moving-free” room with security items at both your old and new home. Slowly transition your pets from this space into your new home.

Medical Matters: Visit the vet for a check-up and vaccinations (including new ones that may be necessary for the new area). Locate a new vet and transfer medical records if need be.

Travel Arrangements: Pack your pets’ suitcases. Include leashes, food and water dishes along with food and favorite blankets and toys. Plan for pit stops on the way to your new home.

Secure your New Home: Check for escape routes and hazardous materials, including electrical cords.





Written in partnership with Lisa’s Lucky Dogs.


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28040 Industry Drive, Valencia, CA, 91355
Phone: (661) 255-3112
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