So you’re getting ready to move…and naturally, you must take your pet with you. What should you know an’d do right now before you move? How can you make the trip more pleasant for both you and your pet? How can you help your pet get adjusted to its new home?
The advice and tips here come from tny own experience, the experience of others who have moved their pets, and the experience of animal’ heal’th and behavioral experts. We know this booklet will help make your move easier. But we also encourage you to consult your veterinarian about your own individual pet and moving situation.
Health and age
Make sure your pet is healthy and strong enough to travel: for example, your pet may be too old or too young for the trip. Check with your veterinarian. If you are traveling by air, also check with your airline for any age or health restrictions.
Certificates and Quarantines
You may need a health certificate for you pet if you are traveling:
- By Airline: Most airlines require health certificates for all animals they are carrying.
- Outside the U.S.: Also check about quarantines
- To Hawaii or U.S. Territory: Also check about quarantines. Call the Center for Epidemiology and Animal Health (CEAH).
- To Specific States: If you are traveling with animals such as Horses, check with the CEAH.
- Tip: If possible, personally visit the kennels where your pet will be quarantined.
Reserve at least four weeks ahead of time.
- Rooms for any overnight stays, you can find the names of pet-friendly lodging from travel guidebooks and the American Automobile Associates (AAA).
- All air flights, confirm all air and hotel reservations 24 hours before you leave.
Your New Home
Think about the changes your pet will face in its new home. Ask yourself: Will the climate be too hot or too warm? Is there enough space for exercising? How does your pet adjust to new people or strange places?
How can I help my pet adjust to the crate?
Start about three-four weeks before you leave. Feed your pet, put your pet’s food dish inside the crate. Also put your pet’s favorite blanket, along with your sock or piece of clothing. Leave the door open so your pet feels free to walk in and out. Later, take your pet for trial rides. On movingly, cover the create floor with litter or absorbent bedding.
On Your Way
Tip: Prepare the traveling I w ‘ crate and the pet as moving day approaches. Remember to:
make the crate as tight and cozy as a den, with solid sides. Put your pet’s blanket nestled inside.
place a ﬁlled water dish in the freezer if the weather is warm. Attach the dish to the crate. so your pet can lick the water as it slowly thaws. Note: Some airlines recommend this procedure; however, most require the dish to be empty: Ask.
clip your pet‘s nails so they won‘t get caught on the crate.
Should I medicate my pet?
- Some pets may get motion sickness and others may be anxious when they are away from their home. Professionals disagree about using medication; ask your veterinarian for advice. If you are traveling by air, check with the carrier for any restrictions.
- By Law, All U.S. Airlines Must Offer the Following:
- Emergency veterinarian services in case your pet gets sick during the flight.
- Food within 24 hours and water within 12 hours.
- kennels for trips with unexpected layovers or interruptions, for example, the airline must provide a kennel if the flight has been interrupted and the pet will not fly before the next day. The airline need not provide a kennel for scheduled layover or interruption.
- pressurized and climatically controlled holds.
- handling services for boarding and landing, check in no sooner than four hours before the flight, so your pet will be in the hold for as short a time as possible.
All crates on the airplane must also meet standards for size, strength, ventilation, and the number of pets allowed within the same crate. The crates must have containers for food and water. The containers must be securely attached and positioned so they can be filled with the door closed. Remember most airlines require the containers to be empty.
TIP: Some airlines sell standard crates with containers. But make sure ahed of time. You my need to get your own create and containers.