Your four-legged members of your family require a lot of attention during move. There’s a lot going on and a lot of people coming in and out of their home. People are moving furniture, boxing up things to put into storage, and homes generally are in chaos for days (if not weeks) at a time. Besides all of that, there are a whole range of other factors that come into play when moving pets. Every step of the way requires you to consider their needs and the logistics behind moving them with you. Some things to truly research and to consider when moving pets are:
Many rental properties, military properties, and even some HOAs have breed restrictions. You need to investigate and find out if that place can work for you and your family since your dog is part of your family. Moving pets into an area known for restrictions can be difficult because of the breed restrictions. You should see your vet about having papers drawn up to define a breed for your dog if he/she isn’t clearly one breed or doesn’t have papers already.
If you’re moving over seas you might run into breed restrictions again and might have to quarantine your dog. Moving pets over seas provides a long list of laws and rules that you need to check and then double check to make sure you’re completing properly.
Safety and Protection
Have a plan in place for where your pet is going to be spending most of his/her time during the moving day. If there’s a fenced in back yard that is going to remain shut, that’s great. If not, you need to think about pet daycare or keeping the pet at a friend’s house. Beyond just the moving day, consider what hazards might exist in your new home and yard that could impact your dog.
The heat can hurt your dog faster than you can imagine. See what shade and shelter options are available in the yard of your new place. When transporting your dog be sure to keep them with you and keep them in air conditioning as much as possible. Research airlines and how they run things when moving pets to make sure their procedures will match up with what your pet might need.
Moving pets can be just another stress added on to your already long list of things to worry about when moving. However, don’t put them too far down on your priority list because there’s a lot to do for them–especially if you’re moving overseas. If worse comes to worst, make good living arrangements for your pet if moving them with you just is not an option. Find a good home for them if you have hit a roadblock with bringing them with you.