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Achieving a Stress-Free Move with Your Furry Friends

Updated: Feb 28

A small white dog in a shopping cart

Moving into a new home with your furry companions can be challenging, but with careful planning, you can have a seamless and stress-free transition—for both you and your pets.

Here are five helpful tips:

Visit the Veterinarian

  • Make an appointment with your veterinarian to make certain your pet is healthy and up-to-date on vaccinations.

  • Secure a copy of your fur baby’s medical records, including any needed prescriptions and vaccination history. 

  • If they aren’t already, think about having your pet microchipped. This will boost the chances of a reunion if they get lost during or after the move.

  • Be sure to get an updated ID tag that includes your new address and contact information, and attach it to your pet’s collar.


  • Prepare a pet kit with their essentials, such as food, water bowl, medications, toys, bedding, & grooming supplies. Also, bring a first aid kit in case of an emergency.

  • For smaller pets, use a secure and well-ventilated carrier during transport.

  • Ensure larger pets are securely fastened in the rear seat or cargo space of your vehicle, either with a pet seat belt or within a travel crate.

  • Plan for regular rest stops if you’re going to be on the move for a long period of time. Your pets will appreciate being able to stretch their legs, have some water, and go to the bathroom.

Safe Environment

  • Inspect for any possible hazards in the new home, secure windows and doors, and be sure that the fencing is safe for outdoor spaces.

  • Guarantee that your new home is pet-friendly by removing any toxic plants, moving any harmful substances out of reach, and securing any loose cords.

  • Research any pet rules and regulations your new neighborhood may enforce, including leash laws and licensing.

Introduction to Home

  • If you’re able to, slowly get your pet acquainted with the new home. Let them investigate one room at a time before letting them roam the whole house. Be sure to explore with them while giving positive reinforcement…and treats!

  • Designate a safe and quiet room for your pet on moving day. Provide them with their favorite things, like bed, food bowl, and toys, to give them a sense of familiarity.

  • Go on short walks with your pet in the new neighborhood to help them get to know their surroundings.

  • Create and maintain a reliable routine for feeding, walks, and playtime. During this time of change, your pet will feel more secure with the consistent structure. 

Patience and Reassurance

  • Your pet is going through a lot of change, just like you. Be sure to have patience with them as they adjust to the new environment. Give them attention, affection, and reassurance as much as you can.

  • Spend quality time with your pets to let them know they are still important to you amongst all the new changes.

  • Be attentive to your pet’s behavior and give them the support they need to feel comfortable as they adapt.

Don’t forget, all pets are unique and will react differently to a new move. Adjustment time can vary, but with time, patience, and love, most will transition well into their new surroundings.

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