How to Prepare Your Pet for Transport

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How to Prepare Your Pet for Transport
How to Prepare Your Pet for Transport

Preparing Your Pet When Moving To A New Home

With all the hustle and bustle that comes with moving, it’s easy to forget about our pets sometimes, but it’s something that you should not overlook. Some animals acclimate more easily than others, but there are steps you should take to help them make a smooth transition since they’ll also be dealing with unfamiliar surroundings and a new life along with you. 

Gather Required Documents

Each state has its own requirements for pets and it’s important to know the regulations before you move to a new state. (If you’re traveling by plane, be sure to check with the airline before doing so as they may have their own limits and requirements.) One of the common documents needed when bringing your pet into a new state is a rabies vaccination for dogs. Some states may also require a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection. For information about the pet entry regulations for individual states, you can look them up on the U.S. Department of Agriculture website

Refill Any Medications

If your pet requires any medication, be sure to refill it in advance of moving. This is especially important if your pet will be traveling with you during the move so that they won’t be left without necessary treatment during the trip. By the same token, it’s good to have a stock of medication for after you arrive so that you have some wiggle room as you seek out a new veterinarian for your pet. 

A-1 Auto Transport is a professional, licensed moving company that caters to customers throughout the U.S., including pet owners. If you’ll be moving with your pets, be sure to call us today at 888-509-3213 for a FREE price quote! No payment or obligation is required and our helpful staff is available to answer any questions you may have.

Find A Local Vet

After you’ve settled in to your new home, it’s time to seek out a local veterinary clinic for your pet. If you have an animal that requires regular treatment or medication, it’s a good idea to do some research before you arrive so that you’re not left scrambling to find medical care at the last minute. Any medical records should also be sent to the new vet from the previous one so that they are aware of any existing conditions and treatments that your pet may need. 

Keep Your Pets Comfortable

In both the lead up to your move and moving day, it’s helpful to keep your pet as comfortable as possible. Animals can be very sensitive to a change in environment and there are some simple steps you can take to ensure that they feel at home even when moving. If your pet has a preferred toy or preferred sleeping arrangement, try to keep that in order throughout the course of your move so that the change in environment doesn’t cause them stress. If you’re driving with your pet to your new home, plan for stops along the way for bathroom, food, and water breaks. We’re not the only ones that need some fresh air and a break from the car when driving long distance!

Joe Webster
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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. 

With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.

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