Moving to a new home can be very stressful. Planning the move, packing your belongings and finding new schools for the kids can be exhausting. And moving to a new home, especially one in another state, can be additionally taxing if you are moving with your dog. Fortunately, with a little advanced planning, moving with your dog (or dogs if you have more than one) doesn’t have to be too daunting if you do a little advanced planning.
Enlist a Moving Company
If you think that just moving yourself and your family will be enough stress, find a moving company that will take care of moving your pets for you. Instead of contacting a variety
of moving companies, check out MovingRelocation.com to get free quotes on movers and to discuss the best way to move your pets. Moving companies are experienced when it
comes to moving pets and they will make sure your pet is comfortable and well
taken care of the entire trip. They will make sure your pet is fed properly and kept in a comfortable, controlled environment. Call MovingRelocation to get a quote on movers and ask about moving your dog.
If you are moving a long distance and you are taking Fido with you by car, start planning early. Use an online distance calculator to determine how much time you are actually going to be spending on the road. Then calculate taking frequent breaks so your dog can stretch his legs and find that patch of grass with his name on it. Most rest stops have areas
where your pet can do all that.
What to Pack
Bring lots of water especially if it is hot. You will want to make sure that you have plenty of water for your dog so pack a cooler with plenty of it. Keep feeding times the same (don’t
forget the dog bowl) as it makes traveling easier on your pet. Keep a photo or two of your dog in your purse just in case your dog manages to escape. Place a tag on his collar and make sure it has your mobile phone number on it and not your old home landline number.
Use a Pet Carrier
Instead of letting your dog roam free in the car, purchase a pet carrier so your dog will be confined but still be able to see the family and surroundings. Make sure the carrier has an area for your dog’s food and water bowls.
Some dogs do not travel well by car and if yours is one of them, talk to your vet about possible medication for the trip. Never let your dog roam around a moving van or the back of a truck. This could be hazardous to your pet.
If you are flying, contact the airline well in advance of your trip to discuss arrangements for your pet. Some airlines have restrictions on dogs flying in the cargo hold so it is best to find this out in advance. Make sure your pet’s vaccinations are current and that you have the necessary documentation with you when you travel.