Getting ready to move to a new place can be fun and exciting but there are also a lot of stresses that come along with relocating. Whether you are moving down the street or across the country it is important to plan your move as much as possibly so that it will go smoothly.

Moving yourself is a lot of work but if you have pets, that will add even more to your workload and planning. The following tips and resources will help you when relocating with a pet.


  • If you are moving out of state make sure you know the laws and regulations for the area you are moving to.
  • If you have an exotic animal chances are you will need a permit, this should be dealt with before you move so everything is in order and you are not violating any laws.
  • Make sure you know things such as the Leash Laws in the area you are moving to, and if you are renting review your lease to make sure pets are allowed.
  • If you are moving far away and will need a new veterinarian, request your pet’s records from your current veterinarian’s office for your pet’s new doctor.
  • Make sure your pet has all their correct identification tags and information before the move.

Travel By Air

  • If you plan to fly your pet to your new home, you need to make sure that the airline you are considering allows pets to fly.
  • Some airlines allow small animals to fly in the cabin, in a container placed underneath your seat, however if the animal is too big it will be required to fly in air freight.
  • Try to minimize your pets stress by avoiding plane changes if possible.
  • Feed your pet about five hours before departure time, and don’t give your pet water an hour or two before the flight unless it is very hot.
  • Make sure your pet’s carrier is secure and they are safe.

Travel By Car

  • If you are moving to an area close to your old house it is probably best to transport your pet by car, this is less stressful for the animal and less expensive for you.
  • If your pet is not used to being in the car, take it for several short rides before your move so that it can get used to being in a car.
  • If the car ride is going to be long, be sure to make frequent stops so your pet can gave some water and go to the bathroom.
  • Try not to leave your pet in the car alone but if you must, crack the windows and be sure to lock the doors. You should not leave your pet alone in the car for more than a couple of minutes.


  • If you are moving a long distance you will need to find a new veterinarian, a good way is to ask your current vet if they have any recommendations.
  • Before you move ask your current veterinarian for a copy of your pets records to give to your new vet.
  • If you need to find a veterinarian you can locate a competent one by checking out a list of vets affiliated with the American Animal Hospital Association.

At Your New Home

  • Your pet will need some time to adjust to their new surroundings.
  • Make sure your pet has familiar things around them including toys, beds, and water and food dishes to make them feel more comfortable.
  • Small caged pets usually don’t have a difficult time adjusting to new houses, just make sure that the water in your new place is not upsetting their stomachs.