Empire Movers Blog
Moving with pets
April 17, 2018
As you may already know, moving can be a really stressful experience. But if you think it’s hard for people, you should know that it can be much, much worse for pets. All that unexpected activity in their home can really stress them out, and can make moving them many times harder. Fortunately, you can avoid these problems if you follow the list of tips Empire Movers has put together below.
Your pet needs an overnight kit as well
We often advise people to prepare overnight kits when moving. Well, the same goes for animals. That overnight kit will provide your little friend with all the dog food/toys/kitty litter it needs to make the experience more comfortable. It will also come in handy just in case unpacking requires several days.
Talk to your vet
You may have a family doctor, so remember that your pet has a doctor of its own as well. Inform your vet that you will be moving and ask him or her to provide you with any records or prescription medication that your pet may need. Additionally, you can also ask for recommendations for a new vet.
Your pets don’t need to be a part of the moving process
If you want to keep your animal safe during the move, just make sure it’s somewhere out of the way, in a quiet area. You can also leave it with a friend or a kennel. This will allow you to focus on the move without having to also make sure that nothing happens to your little friends.
But don’t forget to visit them every once in a while to make sure that they are all right.
Move your pets yourself
If you’re thinking about using your movers’ van to transport your pet, you better reconsider it. That’s the absolute worst thing you could do. If you want to make sure that they are comfortable, transport your pets with your own vehicle. They will definitely enjoy the ride.
Keep a close eye on your pet once you’ve arrived at the new location
Your pet needs to get to know your new home. Otherwise, if it manages to get out of the house, it might get lost.
Update your pet’s information
Once the move is complete, remember to update their tags and microchips with the new address and phone number.
Moving exotic or unusual pets
Most people share their lives with cats and dogs. But some have other kinds of pets. And each has its very own special needs.
Fish, for example, don’t respond too well to long distance moving. If you’re moving nearby, you can transport them in a bag filled with their old tank water. But if your move is long distance, it might be better to just give them to a friend. The long distance can be traumatizing to the fish and may end up killing them.
Guinea pigs are also fragile. If you have to transport them, make sure you do it in a warm, comfortable carrier. Finally, when moving birds, you need to take care that they won’t just fly away. Using a cage is a good idea, if you want to move to a new place together with your feathered friend.