1. Prepare an Overnight KitCreate an easily-accessible overnight kit filled with dog food, kitty litter, toys, treats and grooming tools to ensure your pet is comfortable during the first couple of days of unpacking. Speaking of preparations, you may also want to take a few test drives with your pet before the actual move, especially if your pet is skittish and nervous about change. If they are not used to traveling by car, take them out for short car rides prior to the big move. Buy a pet carrier if you don’t already have one, to make sure your pet is comfortable and safe. Bring along their favorite chew toy or other comfort item to ensure a smooth transition.
2. Contact Your VetIf you are making a move out of the local area, let the vet know so you can take their records with you as well as any prescription medications. Ask your current vet if they can recommend another veterinarian in your new town. You will need:
- Health Records, including a copy of your pet’s up-to-date inoculation records.
- Health Certificate: This is a certificate issued by your existing licensed veterinarian showing your pet is in good general health.
- Permit: Got an exotic pet? You will need a new a permit from the city or state you are moving to.