How to Move Your Pet(s) By Yourself

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How to Move Your Pet(s) By Yourself

How to Move Your Pet(s) By Yourself

Animals have an inborn ability to understand their human keepers. Dogs, cats, horses, and others react whenever they sense signs of an attempt to move to another location. This happens whether you are traveling for a much-awaited vacation, out of convenience or necessity. Holidays come with happy expectations, meaning that there is motivation to pack your bags. Work or health-related relocations are a different thing altogether. Even with the challenges involved, you can still successfully move your pets.

While it would be ideal to have a professional move your pet, circumstances may make this impossible. Below are pointers on how to handle this task on your own:

Understand the regulations

Authorities at the borders, airports, seaports and within a country require that you vaccinate pets. Also, a veterinarian must examine the animal’s health and issue a certificate. These regulations vary from place to place. Your task here is twofold. First, is to acquaint yourself with local requirements. Second, find out what the law states in the new destination.

Ensure pet safety while on the move

As the person responsible for your pet’s security, you must take every precaution to keep him or her safe. A pet may get hurt while you are on the move.


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Worse still, your companion could wander off during transit or after getting to the new home. Without proper identification, it would be difficult to trace the animal. Enhance your pet’s security by:

  • Using tags and chips: If it’s a dog, have the animal wear a collar that has an ID tag indicating your pet’s name, your name, phone number, address and destination. Microchips increase chances of finding your pet if it gets lost. If you acquired a pet from an animal shelter, pet store or breeder, it should have a chip.
  • Taking photos: Pictures will always come in handy when searching for a lost pet. Before setting out on a relocation journey, take a few pictures of your cat or dog. Take clear ones that you can later print whenever the need arises.
  • Buy a car leash or cage: For people traveling with a dog, a car leash keeps it harnessed to a seat. Dogs can get excited and try to jump out of the window. A strap prevents it from making such surprises. For cats, mice or rabbits put them in a cage made for that purpose.

Allocate responsibility

Pets can get edgy whenever they are anxious. However, with a family member watching over them, they settle down. Therefore, assign someone the task of taking care of the pet before you move, while in transit and on arrival to the new location. Work together with the person to ensure that you schedule stoppages while also maintaining a regular feeding schedule.

To succeed in moving pets by yourself requires careful planning. Be sure to apply the tips above as this will make the process that much easier for you. Ultimately, exercising extra care in minding your pet will see you get to your destination without a hitch.

Joe Webster

Written by Joe Webster

Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing.

After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood.

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