Moving is stressful enough as it is, let alone with a pet who needs attention and has been known to happily walk through open doors and into the streets. In the midst of the chaos that is relocating to another state, it can be difficult to keep an eye on four-legged friends who you can’t necessarily tell to stay in the living room and entertain themselves while the movers load everything up. If you are planning a big move and have a dog or a cat, here are some tips to help you out in the process. At RE Movers AZ, we are a moving company who strives to provide a level of customer service that is unexpected.
Wherever you are moving to, if it’s a new housing subdivision or an apartment, there may be rules and regulations regarding what kind of pet is allowed in the complex. If your pet is allowed, there may be rules on where they can be taken, there may be an extra pet fee, or additional vaccinations or medications might be required. Knowing this ahead of time will give you a chance to plan on having things taken care of.
Your local vet is a great resource for information about your pet. If they are especially finicky and don’t like traveling in carrier cases or even in the car, your vet can offer advice on methods of traveling that are friendlier to animals, or safe medications to help them with the move.
If you are moving locally but still need to find a new vet, ask for recommendations for a vet that is closer to your new location. Establishing a relationship with a new vet will give you some peace of mind. The sooner you can settle into your new location, the better it will be for you and your pet.
Most records can be faxed from one office to another, but it is important to have a copy of all medical records for your pet as well. This will ensure that if anything happens during the move, everything will be with you for quicker service.
If there is an identification tag on your pet’s collar, have a new one made with the new address on it. There are many pets now with microchips, so your new address will have to be updated in the database.
Try to keep things as consistent as possible by packing over time, rather than all at once. If you have an anxious pet, this will help keep their stress level down. Don’t pack away items that will make them feel at home. They may have an extra large dog bed that will get in the way while you’re packing, but if it helps your pet remain calm, it will be worth it to pack it last. Be sure to keep out enough food and water bowls as well.
The day of the move can be the most stressful. There will be movers coming in and out that may cause some anxiety. To keep them distracted, try giving them a bone or a new toy to play with. If they are driving in a vehicle with you, get them enough space to relax and be sure to make plenty of stops to give them frequent potty breaks.
If you are making a long distance move and need to fly, be sure to research requirements and regulations for flying your pet. Discuss this with your vet as well.
Local moves or long distance moves are overwhelming, especially with an animal. Having a trusted moving company made up of professional and reliable packers and movers will make the experience much easier. RE Movers AZ will be there for you, helping you pack and load up all of your furniture in order to make the move easier on your whole family, pets included. Call our moving company in Scottsdale today for a free moving quote.