If you’ve ever had any experience in relocating, you know how stressful and difficult it can be. But if it’s your first time to move to a new home with your pet dog or cat, you’ll soon realise that there’s a lot more for you to take care to ensure their health and safety before, during, and after the move.
As such, it’s crucial for pet owners to take note of the following tips to make your relocation with pets a little less taxing for you and your pet(s):
Read Up on the Legalities
Each state or even city has its own laws and regulations when it comes to pets. As such, if you’re moving to a different state, you’ll want to contact the state veterinarian in your destination well in advance to inquire about any state laws that you’ll need to follow.
It’s also recommended that you give the city or town hall clerk in your destination to find out if there are any other licensing fees as well as any additional city or town-specific regulations regarding your pet. Do take note that there are prohibited pets and breeds, particularly dog breeds in certain states or countries.
As such, if you’re moving to Australia, you should look up breed-specific legislations.
Visiting Your Vet
Before you even start packing, it would be best for you to take your beloved pet(s) to your veterinarian. Your goal would be to get any and all records of your pet(s) that your next veterinarian may need, and also to stock up on any prescription meds for your pet(s).
And while you’re there, it may be as good a time as any to have one last consultation. You could also try asking your vet if they could recommend another vet or clinic in your destination city, which brings us to our next tip.
Vetting for a New Vet
It’s essential for you to find a new vet before the move, and set up an appointment as soon as you’re able. There’s also the possibility that your pet may start acting unusual or may exhibit signs of stress or illness during or after the move, so it’s best for you to already have a go-to veterinarian at your new city/town if it happens.
If your current vet can’t recommend any vet in your destination, take time to do your research and look for highly-rated and trusted vet clinics near your new home.
Prepare a Moving Kit for Your Pet
The day or week before the move (depending on how early you’ve prepared), it’s best that you set aside enough dog food, toys, medication, grooming materials and tools (your ‘pet moving kit’) to sustain your pet before, during, and after the move.
This would help you avoid having to look for and buy your pet(s) favourite food in your new area during the first few days of moving in and unpacking.
Travel with Your Pet
To keep a close eye on them, it would be best if you can bring your pet cat or dog with you in your vehicle (inside a pet carrier or kennel). This would also help them experience less stress (and prevent them from getting sick) during the move.
However, if you’re not able to bring them with you in your vehicle, you may want to consider partnering with your localinterstateremovalist in Melbourne that also offers pet transport services.
Moving with your beloved pet can be quite tricky, but with these simple tips, you can make the relocation a little less stressful for you and your pet cat or dog.