Moving to a new home can be an exciting yet stressful experience, not only for humans but for our furry family members too. Relocation can be overwhelming and frightening for pets, but with a little planning and care, it can be a smooth process for all. Here are a few tips to make the move easier for your pets.

Hire a Local Pet Sitter

On moving day, having strangers in their homes can be scary for pets. Reduce their anxiety and the risk of them running away by asking a trusted friend or family member to watch your pets. You can also consider a professional pet sitter to ensure your pet is well cared for, allowing you to focus on the task at hand.

Pack Enough Pet Supplies for the Journey

Traveling long distances with pets requires careful planning. Pack a dedicated bag or box with enough food, treats, medication, and comfort items to last the entire trip. Having all of your pet’s essential items in one place will make it easier for you to care for them on the road.

Moving Aquariums, Terrariums, Habitats & Cages

Protect your pet’s home by speaking with your residential mover about extra padding or crating options. They can help ensure your pet’s home is safely relocated and set up in your new location.

Research Local Veterinarians in Advance

Changing familiar veterinary care can be stressful for pets and owners alike. To make the process easier, research local veterinarians in your new area and schedule an initial appointment if possible. This way, you can ensure your pet’s health needs are met and have someone to turn to in case of an emergency.

Check Local Regulations on Exotic Animals

If you have an exotic pet, it’s essential to check the regulations and restrictions regarding ownership of such animals in your destination. Visit the regulatory website of your new location to see if there are any restrictions or permits required.

Research Pet Restrictions for International Moves

Moving with pets internationally comes with additional regulations and restrictions. The International Pet and Animal Transportation Association is a helpful resource for finding out about moving pets from the U.S. to another country.

Consider a Pet Shipping Company

For long or complicated moves, it may be beneficial to look into a shipping company that specializes in pet transportation. The International Pet and Animal Transportation Association can help you find a reputable pet shipping specialist if self-transport isn’t feasible.

Using a caring long-distance mover is another way to help your pets deal with the stress of moving. Kings Moving & Storage has over two decades of streamlined services and personalized customer care resulting in smooth moving experiences. Get started with a free quote.