If you have a furry friend and you’re facing a move, you may wonder how you can pull this off. A home move is a stressful time for humans, to be sure, but it’s also stressful for pets, especially dogs. Be mindful of the effect this change has on them, and take steps to ensure their well-being. And remember, even the most well-behaved dogs can act out of character when being relocated.
Here are six tips to help you move with a dog.
1. Research the New Area
Many areas have breed-specific legislation on dogs, which means there could be restrictions on your particular dog breed regarding being spayed or neutered and even banned from condo complexes, apartments and homeowner’s associations. Check the laws before you move, and take all steps necessary to ensure your dog meets all the requirements.
2. Get Records From the Vet
Call the vet to get all the records you will need such as vaccination and medication records. Get your dog a prescription for sleep meds if they suffer from car sickness. Ask your existing vet if they can recommend good pet doctors or veterinary clinics in your new city.
3. Pack an Essentials Box
Pack a box or bag with all the essentials your dog will need in the first day or two so you can easily grab them when needed. Pack this bag or box with food, a leash, rope toys, grooming tools and waste bags.
4. Update Your Dog’s Tag
Update the information on your dog’s tag, including new address and phone number. You may also want to look into getting your dog microchipped before the move, or update the existing microchip if they have one already.
5. Take Your Dog With You
It shouldn’t need to be said, but always take your dog with you in your vehicle as opposed to the truck. Get a dog seat belt or put them in a kennel to keep them from distracting you while driving.
6. Keep Your Dog in a Secure Area
Put your pet in the quietest area possible while moving stuff out on moving day. Maybe a quiet guest room or a basement. Make sure they have plenty of food and water, and make sure the temperature is comfortable. Alternatively, you can keep them at a friend’s house, boarding kennel or pet hotel.
Check on your dog every hour or so to make sure they’re doing OK. Take them for a walk when you can so they can go to the bathroom and stretch their legs.
If you are planning a long-distance move and have to stay at a hotel one night, call ahead and see what their policy is on pets.
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