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How To Move With Pets: Preparing Your Furry Friend For A Move

It’s important to provide pets with a sense of stability and security during the moving process, and proper preparation can help make the transition easier for both the pet and the owner.

In this article, we will discuss the steps that pet owners should take to prepare their pets for a move, including how to acclimate pets to their new surroundings, how to transport pets safely, and how to minimize stress during the moving process. 

Planning the move

Before you start packing, there are a few important things you need to take into consideration.

Research on pet-friendly moving companies

Before choosing a moving company, it’s essential to research the options and ensure they are pet-friendly. 

Look for a company that has experience moving pets, has policies in place to ensure the safety and well-being of pets during the move, and provides a comfortable and secure transportation option. 

Don’t be afraid to ask questions and get detailed information on the company’s policies and procedures.

Preparing a pet-friendly moving checklist

To ensure you don’t forget anything, prepare a pet-friendly moving checklist. This will help you stay organized and on track during the moving process. 

Your checklist should include items such as:

  • Up-to-date vaccinations and health records for your pet
  • Pet food and water for the trip
  • A comfortable and familiar bed or blanket for your pet
  • Leashes and collars for walking your pet
  • Toys and treats to keep your pet entertained during the move

Considering pet-related expenses in the moving budget

Moving with pets can come with additional expenses, so it’s important to budget for these costs. 

This may include things like pet-friendly accommodations, pet transportation, pet-sitting or boarding, and veterinary expenses. Be sure to factor these costs into your moving budget to avoid any unexpected expenses.

Making arrangements for pet-friendly accommodation

If you’re moving to a new location, research pet-friendly accommodation options in advance. 

This may include pet-friendly hotels, pet-friendly apartments, or pet-friendly vacation rentals. 

Make sure to book your accommodations well in advance to ensure you have a place for your pet to stay during the transition..

Preparing your pet for the move

When moving with pets, it’s essential to ensure their comfort and well-being throughout the process. 

The following steps can help you prepare your pet for the move and make the transition as smooth as possible.

Gradual acclimation to the carrier or crate

If your pet is not used to being in a carrier or crate, it’s crucial to get them comfortable with it before the move. 

Start by leaving the carrier or crate open and accessible to your pet, and gradually introduce them to it by offering treats and praise.

Once they are comfortable, you can gradually increase the length of time they spend inside until they are used to it.

Updating pet identification and documentation

Make sure your pet’s identification tags are up to date and include your current contact information. You should also consider microchipping your pet to ensure they can be quickly identified if they get lost during the move.

Planning for necessary vet visits before the move

Even though we know your furry friends are like family, they do require special care to move. It is likely the moving company won’t be able to do this for you since they specialize in furniture and objects, not pets. Just the same, we want to remind you of a few things to consider whenever you do move them to their new home.

It’s essential to have your pet examined by a veterinarian before the move, especially if you’re traveling long distances. 

Your vet can advise you on any vaccinations or preventive care your pet may need, and they can also provide you with a health certificate that may be required if you’re crossing state lines or traveling by air.

Another thing you won’t want to forget is researching and finding a new vet near your new place. You wouldn’t want to wait to encounter a problem and suddenly have to go to the nearest one, or your only option.

Familiarizing the pet with the new environment before moving day

Visit the new home with your pet and let them explore the environment. Encourage them to get to know their new surroundings by providing plenty of treats and praise. This will help them feel more at ease when you finally move in

Moving day

Here are some tips for moving day to ensure that your pet stays calm and secure during transportation.

Planning for pet care during the move

It is important to have a plan in place for pet care during the move. 

This may involve hiring a pet-sitter or having a trusted friend or family member take care of your pet for the day. 

Alternatively, you may choose to keep your pet with you during the move, but in this case, it is crucial to make sure that your pet is safely secured during transportation.

Keeping pets secure and calm during transportation

One of the biggest challenges of moving with pets is ensuring that they stay secure and calm during transportation. 

This can be achieved by using a secure carrier or crate, familiarizing your pet with the carrier or crate before the move, and providing them with familiar items, such as toys and bedding, during the journey.

Additionally, it is important to plan for necessary breaks during the journey to give your pet a chance to stretch their legs and relieve themselves. This will help to reduce stress and keep them calm during the move.

Unpacking and settling in with your pet at the new location

Once you arrive at your new home, it is important to unpack and settle in with your pet as soon as possible. This will help your pet to feel more at ease in their new surroundings and start to associate their new home with positive experiences.

In order to make the transition easier for your pet, consider bringing familiar items, such as toys and bedding, to the new home. You may also want to designate a specific room or area for your pet to stay in while you are unpacking, to help them feel more secure.


Relocating with pets can be a challenging but rewarding experience. 

However, proper planning and preparation are essential for ensuring a smooth and stress-free move for both you and your furry friends. 

It is important to keep in mind that every pet and every move is unique, so it is crucial to tailor your preparations to your individual needs and circumstances. 

So, take action now and start planning your move with pets! Contact us today for more information on how NexMuv can help with the process.

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Wes Struebing

After more than 30 years in the logistics sector, I have learned a thing or two about moving things and motivating people to do their best and offer their all to our customers. Whether in life or in business, I believe in one thing: I only want to be there if I can improve things.

Logistics is not only what I do; it is my passion.

Picture of Wes Struebing

Wes Struebing

After more than 30 years in the logistics sector, I have learned a thing or two about moving things and motivating people to do their best and offer their all to our customers. Whether in life or in business, I believe in one thing: I only want to be there if I can improve things.

Logistics is not only what I do; it is my passion.