Moving With Pets

How to Move Your Pet Safely to Essex County, NJIf you are getting ready to move your pet to Essex County, NJ, we recommend you follow these simple tips to keep your companion safe on moving day.

  • Preplanning is a must! Advance planning will make your move less stressful on you and your pet. If at all possible, try to maintain your pet’s normal routine even on moving day.
  • Save yourself a headache and invest in a high-quality, sturdy pet carrier. If your pet isn’t accustomed to remaining in a carrier for a significant amount of time, purchase a carrier ahead of time and gradually get your pet accustomed to spending time in it.
  • Insure your pet’s tags are current. If you need to update their tags, why not go ahead and include your new address. Don’t forget to include all their vital information with your telephone number(s) too. Many owners have an I.D. chip embedded in their pet. If so, don’t forget to have this information updated as well. An up-to-date ID tag is a lost pet’s ticket home.
  • Keep your pet secure on moving day. On moving day, place your pet (whether in the carrier or not) in a safe, quiet place area away from movers and the sounds associated with a move. It might be helpful to place a large sign on the door that says, DO NOT ENTER. Make sure that friends and professional movers are aware that this room or area is off-limits.
  • Talk to your veterinarian about behavior modification or medication if your pet doesn’t travel well as it might lessen the stress of travel. It’s possible the state you are moving to may require special or additional vaccinations, medications, and health certificates. Don’t forget to ask.
  • If you’re traveling by car, your safety and your pet’s safety are important. Because most cats aren’t comfortable traveling in cars, it’s best to transport them in a well-ventilated and secure carrier. You should never leave pets alone in a parked vehicle during warm weather. Heat stress can occur quickly when temperatures rise quickly. Never place an animal in the trunk of your car, or leave a kennel in an open bed of a pickup truck. Use common sense when transporting your pet.
  • If traveling over long distances, we recommend you map out your road trip ahead of time by locating hotels in advance. Many hotels are now pet-friendly and offer listings to help you find overnight lodging during your move.
  • Prepare your new home for your pet. Take with you all the familiar and necessary toys and bedding materials your pet will need from day one in your new home. A quick review of the following is helpful: food, water, medications, bed, litter box, bowls, and health records. Should the worst happen, bring along a recent photo of your pet should it become lost in transit.

By following these helpful tips, you and your pet will experience a safer, less stressful move.