A dog next to a moving box with pet toys in it

When moving, it's important to think of your pets as family members. Along with planning around your children and spouse, you should also have a process for moving with your family's pets.

Having a proper relocation plan for your pets will remove the hassle and provide a smooth experience for your animals. This article will cover some helpful tips for moving with pets. 

Find A Sitter for Your Pet for Local Moves

Are you moving locally to a nearby area? Arrange for a trusted family or friend to watch your pets for the day while you are moving. With your pets in safe hands, you can focus completely on having a smooth relocation.

If you have pets in the house during a relocation, the moving crew and changing environment can be a stressful experience. Leading up to the moving day, you should confirm that someone is available to help you on the scheduled relocation date. 

Have Your Pet's Favorite Toy & Treats at the Ready

Changing homes can cause stress to pets and cause anxiety while they become accustomed to the new environment. One of the best ways to reduce the stress of change is by providing them with familiar toys and treats. 

Their favorite toys and treats can help ease their stress throughout the journey. If you are working with a pet shipping company, include your pet's belongings with them. 

Have Enough Pet Supplies for Long Distance Travel

If you are moving across the country, you should prepare by purchasing enough pet supplies for the trip. Preparing with food and other supplies will ensure you don't run out of anything on the road. 

As a precautionary measure, you should purchase more supplies than you think you need for the trip. All the unused supplies can be used once you reach the next destination for your pets. 

Research Local Veterinarians in Advance

As you research the area around your future residence, you should learn about the veterinarians in the area. Knowing veterinarians in your new area will prepare you for unexpected medical emergencies with your pets. 

When researching veterinarians, you should also find animal hospitals in the area. In a sudden emergency, you can quickly know where to find effective medical treatment at any time of the day. 

Check Local Regulations Regarding Exotic Animals

If you own an exotic animal like a reptile or primate, you should check regulations if crossing state borders. Each state has its own set of rules that you must follow when relocating exotic pets.

You can typically find local regulations by visiting the state's website and learning about their requirements. Some states require you to register the animal before crossing the border. 

Research Pet Restrictions for International Relocations

Along with local regulations, you should be mindful of the restrictions of another country. Many countries have strict regulations when bringing an animal into the country. 

Depending on the country, your animal may need to be registered or undergo a quarantine period. The U.S. Department of Agriculture offers helpful information about taking pets to another country. 

Aquariums, Terrariums, Habitats & Cages

When bringing an animal that has its own habitat, you will need to pay extra attention to protecting it. If you want to ensure the habitat arrives safely, consult a local moving company.

Residential movers can add the proper padding and crating to protect the habitat during the trip. If possible, you should transfer your pet to a smaller habitat during the relocation.

Use Pet Shipping Companies

If you feel that relocating with your pets is too challenging to plan, you can work with a dedicated pet shipping company. As experts in relocating animals, you can rest assured they will have the experience to relocate your pets.

A qualified pet shipping company will know the regulations for moving specific animals and submit the proper documents. The International Pet and Animal Transportation Association is a helpful resource to find a suitable pet shipping company. 

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Behrens Moving Company is a full-service moving and storage company in Milwaukee. Our local and long-distance movers offer streamlined relocations that provide a positive experience for your family.

Contact us today to request a free moving estimate. Call to speak with one of our friendly representatives or fill out the online quote form to get started.