moving with pets

Moving With Pets

Relocating your pets is as important as relocating your household items. You will want to find the best possible way of ensuring that their journey to your new home is comfortable and perhaps even adventurous!

Preparing Your Pet For The Move

First thing to do once you know you are moving is to schedule an appointment with your vet. Your pet should have a thorough physical exam to make sure they are in good health for the upcoming journey.

Your pet’s vaccines will need to be up to date. Copies of vaccination certificates and vet records will be required if moving long distance across state lines.

Fitting your pets with collars and ID tags is recommended. Include your name and contact information. As a back up, you can also microchip your pet in the event your pet gets lost and has no collar or ID tag.

Restrictions and regulations vary by state. Failing to meet state requirements could cost you in fines or by being penalized. For more information on state requirements visit the United States Department of Agriculture USDA Pet Travel.

GoodCall has also created a list of laws per state based on information provided by the American Veterinary Medical Association for moving dogs, cats, ferrets, birds, rabbits and horses.

Methods Of Transportation

Motor Vehicle

If you are able to drive to your new destination, this is the ideal way to move your pets. Your pets will feel much more relaxed and calm. They may even enjoy the journey, experiencing a whole new freedom.

Plan the route thoroughly. If you’re moving long distance and will be staying in hotels along the way, check out to find pet friendly accommodations. Additionally you can find pet friendly restaurants, campgrounds, and parks they may want to visit.

Some animals suffer carsickness. Obtain any medications in advance from your vet, to help aid your pet while travelling.

To travel safely with your pet, you might need a crate, carrier or car harness, make sure you have one ahead of time, allowing you and your pet sufficient time to become familiar and comfortable using it. Your pet may not be used to being in the car, let alone for long periods of time. Take them on some short trips in preparation for the journey ahead.


Booking flights for your pet early is advisable, as a limited number of pets are permitted per flight. Pets that are too young, under 8 weeks, should not be moved my air. This also applies to any animal that is too old, ill, or potentially aggressive. If your pet is not used to being in enclosed carriers, it is not advisable for them to be moved by air.

Contact the airlines directly to find all relevant information, as airline requirements may differ per company.

Arrive early to the airport; this will give your pet time to exercise. It will also allow the drop off procedure to be relaxed, which is vital to your pet.

Pet Transportation

If you’re hiring a professional moving company to move your personal belongings, be aware that in most cases they are not permitted to move animals. However, there are specialized pet transportation companies that offer door-to-door services. If choosing this method, any company you are considering must be licensed with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Packing some First Day Essentials for your pet such as a favorite toy or treat will make the duration of the move, and the arrival to your new home more comfortable.

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