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How to Handle Cross Country Moving Companies and Transporting Pets

Visit the veterinarian before the move.

Before you even get close to the calendar point of your planned move, pick up all of your pets and go for one huge systematic check-in with your chosen vets. This will spare you all sorts of trouble down the road.

Make sure your animals are well enough to travel and that all of their vaccination is up to date. You can check out this article for a good starting point on necessary dog vaccines, but obviously check out the information regarding any other kind of animal you might own, as well.

Moving is a stressful ordeal for your furry, feathery, or scaly darlings and it is bound to compromise their immune systems. Such a context is a perfect chance for various parasites to come to the front lines.

Moreover, if you are moving to another state, you will have to ask your vet for an interstate health certificate, otherwise, your pet will not be allowed across the border.

Make sure to replenish your supplies stocks.

You will likely be in for a lengthy ride. Make sure you have reserves of fresh water on hand, as well as some kind of bowl for your pet to drink from. You can also find some neat tips on cross country travel with pets on this web page:

Prepare single serving portions of their food and bring them along in little plastic bags. Not only will you be prepared if their standard food is not available for sale along your planned route, but this will also help you avoid any pet stomach upsets that tend to happen with a sudden change of food. Trust us, that scenario is really, truly… a stinky mess in all the wrong palette.

Plan to stop for toilet breaks.

Pets need those too! Be sure not to disregard your animals’ potty time along the way. If you are traveling with only one or two dogs or cats, take a short break every three or four hours, and stop to take a proper walk after every eight hours stretch at the most. Also, remember to pack the poop baggies!

If you have more than two companions, though, keep in mind that different animals will have different needs, not only as distinct species but as distinct individuals, too. Best to take the safe side and take little breaks frequently.

This will also be a great chance to replenish your water supplies for when you are back on the road. You might also take the time to check out some bloggers with live experience in these things, such as Kelly’s Thoughts on Things, for useful hacks that actually helped them in real life.

Update all of your animals’ ID options.

This includes ID tags with your phone number on them (preferably your name too), collars with name tags, and anything else that you might be using in order to set your pet apart from all of the others like it that exist out there in the world. Also, until you are safely settled in at your new environment, keep your animal buddy on a good strong leash.

The most recommended measure you should take if you have not done so already is to get the critter microchipped at a vet’s clinic. The data in the microchip file should have your phone number, at the very least, but make it as informative and current as you possibly can. Do not forget to update this file with your new address just as soon as you get a chance.

Keep the animals out of the way on Moving Day.

When the time comes to actually move out of your old home and into your new one, there will be a whole lot of hustle and rumble, and a myriad of doors and windows being constantly kept open. It would just be begging for a pet escape scenario.

Pick out a spare bedroom, or opt for the bathroom and turn it into pet-only space. Provide litter boxes, food, and fresh water. Leave them there while you pack, and then unpack completely before you let them loose in the new home.