While moving with pets, you will need to take special care to ensure their comfort and safety. This can add to an already stressful event. Luckily, with careful planning and preparation, you can reduce stress for both you and your pets. The Moving & Storage Pros is a team of highly-trained professionals; however, pets can still become frightened by noise or by unfamiliar faces in their homes. Keeping them in a separate room during packing can help prevent unnecessary stress or accidental escape. Once everything is loaded, you can put them in your car. If you are moving with pets and need advice, The Moving & Storage Pros can help. Here are seven tips to ensure your pets have a safe and happy travel experience:
- Prepare an overnight bag: Similar to your overnight bag, you should prepare an overnight essentials kit for your pet. You should include any medications, food, treats, water, a litter box with litter, grooming tools, toys, and any specific things your pet may need.
- Double-check pets’ ID tags and make sure they are wearing a collar: Pets should be wearing a collar with a current ID tag attached to it. Travelling can be scary and stressful for pets. Even if they don’t usually get scared easily, anything can happen during a move, so ensuring they are safe and secured is essential.
- Ensure microchips are up to date: Pets should be microchipped to ensure their safety during travel. If they get scared, they could run to find cover while moving and packing is underway. Making sure their microchip is current is crucial.
- Visit your vet: It is essential to make a final trip to your veterinarian’s office before moving. You should gather your pets’ records and prescription medications, as well as any carsickness medication.
- Keep pets in a safe, ventilated carrier: If your pet is small enough to fit in a carrier, they should be secured before finalizing your move. Make sure they have a secure, ventilated carrier that will provide them enough space to move comfortably and blankets for them to get comfortable.
- Give your pets frequent potty breaks during the journey: If you are traveling with a dog, you should let them out on a leash to relieve themselves at least every five hours. For cats, you should provide a litterbox with a small amount of litter so they can relieve themselves in their carrier. Other pets may require special attention.
- Make sure they have time to eat: If you are traveling during one of your pets’ mealtimes, make sure you can feed them during your journey. Bringing a bowl for food and a bowl for water will ensure that your pet is comfortable for the trip.
Other Helpful Tips & Tricks
We have discussed the essentials of moving with pets, but how else can you make them as comfortable as possible? While there are many ways you can help your pet stay safe during a move, here are a few more tips and tricks.
- Keep your pet away from the action in a separate room
- Take your pet in your vehicle with you
- Don’t let your pet out of their crate or off their leash until you’ve arrived safely
- Update their microchip and ID tag info once you’ve arrived
- For small rodents such as guinea pigs, rabbits, or rats, make sure they are kept in a safe, warm, small carrier as they can be especially susceptible to stress
- Birds should be kept in a cage throughout the move to ensure that they do not fly away
- Reptiles should have a safe carrier with someplace to hide to make them comfortable
How Can We Help You?
If you’re thinking of moving to or from California with pets, The Moving & Storage Pros can help. Whether it’s a long-distance move or a short move, we can help you pack up and transport all your belongings safely to your new residence. A full-service move will include packing services, loading services, unloading services, storage services, and unpacking services. No need to worry about grabbing tools or packing supplies; we bring everything to you! Our goal is to make sure your move is stress- and hassle-free. Call The Moving & Storage Pros today at 213-267-5585 or visit our contact page and let us know how we can help you.