Thought you may want to have some information to share with clients who are moving with their pets. Feel free to copy this and hand it out. It was written by my husband a Veterinarian who hears all the pet moving stories.
MOVING WITH YOUR PET
If you are moving to a new home with your dog or cat, there are some things you need to know.
In advance, you should get a new ID tag. If your pet has a microchip, you will need to change your address with the company. You may need to visit your veterinarian to update vaccines and refill any medications. If your pet does not travel well, your veterinarian may be able to prescribe a medication to help with the trip. Sometimes a health certificate is required, which can also be obtained at your visit. Also, pet friendly hotels should be researched before you leave.
During packing you should try to maintain your pets routine schedule. This means sleeping in the same place, eating at the same times, going outside on schedule, normal exercise, clean litter box, ect.
On moving day make sure your pet is secured either on a leash, in a room, or in a carrier. You do not want them to escape during all the commotion.
When in transit, it helps to have your pet in a carrier in the back seat. Make sure you have collars, leashes, bowls, food, and water for the trip. If it is hot weather, never leave your pet in the car unattended. If you are flying, make sure you have complied with all of the airlines rules for flying with your pet. All airlines have different requirements.
Upon arrival at your new home, set up your pets belongings ASAP. They need to know where the food and water is, and how to go outside, or to the litter box. Also watch them closely until they become familiar with their new surroundings. Have pictures available in case of an escape. While getting to know your new neighbors, ask them for a referral to a new veterinarian. Before your first visit, have your previous veterinarian FAX your records to your new veterinarian.
Dr. Gary Beall D.V.M.
Springboro Veterinary Hospital
75 W Central Ave
Springboro, OH 45066