Quick Tips for Moving with Pets Long Distance

Quick Tips for Moving with Pets Long Distance

Moving with pets can be stressful, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be!

There are lots of things to consider during any move, and while much of it is just a matter of logistics, your pet is a priceless companion and it’s important to plan well in advance so that both of you get through the experience as easily as possible. And we’ve got some helpful tips to make it happen.

As one of the best NYC movers, we’ve worked with lots of customers who are navigating moves with their furry (or feathery or scaly) friends in tow. Here’s what to know about moving long distance with pets, including important advice for keeping everyone safe.

Preparing for Your Move

Start by figuring out how your pet is going to travel. If you’re going to be flying, you’ll need to check the pet regulations on your desired airline to see whether your pet can fly in the cabin and what needs to be done in advance, such as updating your pet’s vaccinations if they’re due. Keep in mind that flying in cargo can be dangerous for pets, and it’s not normally recommended.

Talk to your vet and let them know what your plans are. It’s a good idea for your pet to get a full check-up before traveling long distance, and you’ll also be able to discuss how you can make it easier on them, such as using an anti-anxiety collar or a pheromone spray in their carrier. (While you’re at it, don’t forget to research a new vet in your new location so that you can quickly transfer over your pet’s medical records after your move.)

Laws and Regulations

Different states and countries have different rules on the bringing in dogs, cats, birds, and other animals, as do different cities and towns. Research regulations in the town you’ll be moving to in order to see whether you’ll have to arrange for any specific licensing or tags. And if you’re moving out of the country, check to see whether your pet will have to quarantine upon arrival and for how long.

Consider Pet Moving Services

Pet Moving Services

If you’re super stressed about relocating with your animal companion, it may be worth looking into pet moving services. These are professional transport providers who have a lot of experience with long distance pet travel, and can help you navigate a lot of the ins and outs of getting your beloved pet from point A to point B. If you’re moving to a new country, look for services that specialize in international moves, since the more experience they have with your specific type of move the more peace of mind you’ll have.

If you’re super stressed about relocating with your animal companion, it may be worth looking into pet moving services. These are professional transport providers who have a lot of experience with long distance pet travel, and can help you navigate a lot of the ins and outs of getting your beloved pet from point A to point B. If you’re moving to a new country, look for services that specialize in international moves, since the more experience they have with your specific type of move the more peace of mind you’ll have.

Don’t Forget Identification

Any time your pet is traveling it’s crucial that they’re wearing a collar with up to date tags, and that identifying information is readily available on the outside of their carrier. Make sure your pet is microchipped too, just in case.

Essential to provide with your pet’s identifying information is contact information for both you and another trusted friend or family member. Since you’ll be traveling too, it’s always a smart idea to have someone on the ground who will be available in case there are any questions or issues.

Moving Day

Moving Long Distance With Pets

Our pets are pros at reading body language, so on moving day try to remain as calm as possible so that your pet will too. So long as you’ve done plenty of pre-planning, moving day itself will just be a matter of going through the motions.

If you’re working with a pet transport company, they’ll fill you in on what you need to do in terms of feeding and water before travel. Otherwise, plan not to feed your pet for five or six hours before flying, and three or four hours before driving. A drink of water an hour or two before you go is fine, but limit the amount and make sure to give your pet a potty break before they’re in their carrier for the long haul.

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As one of the leading moving companies NYC, offering both full service moving and storage, we’re here to help with all aspects of your move. While we can’t move your pets for you, we’re glad to offer additional advice and help in any way that we can. Get in touch for more assistance or request a quote and let’s get this show on the road! 

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