Tips for Moving with Pets
- Get a tight new collar and an updated tag with easy-to-read name and number.
- Get vet records so that you can transfer them to your pet’s new doc.
- Take your time packing. Cramming everything into boxes the night before a move will stress your pet AND you!
- Medication and a first aid kit need to be just as easily accessible on the road as food, toys, etc.
- Keep the pet in a crate. S/he may not be stoked about the close quarters, but it’s safer and simpler for everyone.
- Take regular rest stops because… you know…
- Find a new clinic right away so you know where to go for any emergencies.
- Start your new routine (such as morning walks, meal time, etc.) right away so pet can feel comfortable in new place quickly.
- Before unpacking your own stuff, lay out pet essentials so that s/he has some familiar items in the strange new house.
Pet Relocation Stats
Less than a fraction of a percent of pets who relocate by air have accidents. You can feel safe loading Starsky on that plane.
62% of pets travel 50+ miles every year anyway, so moving for them is no big deal.
80% of pet owners said that animal safety is their top priority in the move.
61% of pet owners spent less than $500 to move their pet, including costs of pet-friendly airlines, hotels, etc. 11% spent between $501 and $1,000. 28% spent over a thousand on their animal moving expenses.
Travel difficulties with pets fit into a few main categories. 32% of movers had a hard time finding pet-friendly airlines. 28% struggled to find pet-friendly hotels. 26% were just caught off guard by how expensive it is to move a pet. 14% simply lacked information on safe pet traveling.
47% of American households have one or more dogs. 46 % of American households have one or more cats.
Let us know what tips you have for moving with your pet!
Shawn & Kyle Cunningham
Cunningham Group at RE/MAX Advantage