Moving is stressful for everyone, but it can be particularly stressful for your pets because they have no idea what’s going on, or why they’re leaving their home. Moving long distance can be even more challenging, but we have some tips to make it easier on both of you.
Talk to Your Vet
The first thing you need to do is check in with your vet: let them know about the move, make sure your pet is up to date on all their vaccinations, and ask for copies of health records so you’ll have them ready for your new vet.
You’ll also want to tell your vet where you’re moving so they can alert you to any new vaccinations your pet might need for the area. For example, wooded areas tend to have a higher risk of ticks and Lyme disease, so it’s always a good idea to make sure your pet has had all the vaccinations, not only for where you currently live, but also for your new hometown.
You might also want to talk to your vet about the potential giving your pet a tranquilizer during the trip. These may sedate your pet a little, helping them remain calm or causing them to fall asleep while in trip.
If you’ve never traveled long distances with your dog or cat in the car they might be susceptible to car sickness. Ask your vet what you can do to prevent car sickness or help make them comfortable.
Pack a Bag for Your Pet
Just as you have snacks and gadgets to keep yourself entertained, your pet will need these things, too. Pack a bag with their food, treats, and a favorite toy. If you’re traveling with a dog, take their leash and a spare, just in case. If you’re traveling with a cat, you’ll need a travel-sized litter box. If you’re going as a convoy of two or more vehicles, keep the pet’s bag in the car the pet is in.
Keep Them Safe and Comfortable
Animals need to be strapped into the car, just like people do. An animal that’s not restrained is much less likely to survive a crash. If you’re traveling with cats, be sure to use carriers with a built-in seatbelt loop. If you’re traveling with dogs, use a harness that allows you to loop the seatbelt through it and keep them secure.
Your trip will be easier if they’re comfortable. Make sure your dog has enough room to lie down, preferably somewhere where you can reach them. Dogs are social creatures and need interaction, so if they can see and touch you during the trip, they’ll be much more comfortable and less likely to make a fuss. If you’re traveling with cats, make sure the carrier is angled so the cat can see you for the duration of the trip. If the configuration of your car makes it impossible for your pet to see you, talk to them periodically during the drive.
When driving long distances with pets (especially dogs) be sure to budget extra time for bathroom breaks. Don’t think you can tough it out and drive all day if you’re traveling with a dog because they might have a hard time holding their bladder for that long. They’ll also be better behaved in the car if they get a chance to get outside and move around.
No matter where you’re moving, or how many pets you’re bringing with you, Allied Van Lines can help make the move as stress free as possible. Get a quote now to see how easy it is to hire professional movers to help with your next move.