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  • Writer's pictureVickie Foster

How To Help Your Dog When Moving To A New Home

Moving can be complicated and stressful for people. It can also be an anxious time for your dog. But not to worry! You can take action to help smooth the path for your pet. Check out some tips to help make the move easier on both you and your pet!

Before the move:

Make a list of your dog’s must-haves

Just like you, your dog will need food, hygiene supplies, and first-aid items. Unlike you, he will also need leashes, a pet crate, dishes for dog food and water, and his cozy bed. Make sure to include medical records and microchip numbers.

Find a new vet

Locate a new vet in the area where you will be moving to. Doing this ahead of time will help choose the best vet for you and your pet. Plus you won’t have to scramble in the event of an emergency once you're in your new house.

Get your dog microchipped

If your dog isn’t already microchipped get it taken care of before the move. You want to avoid a lost-dog-moving-disaster. Visit your current vet to get this process started!

Have your dog properly identified

Make sure your dog has an ID on his collar with your cell phone number on it as well. The sad truth is that 1 in 3 pets will get lost at some point in their lifetime and 90% of them never return home without an ID. That's why it's also a good idea to license your dog in the county where you will be moving to.

Don't forget their favorite toys!

Your dog has his hobbies too. Taking his favorite chew toy, frisbee or ball will increase his comfort level during the move and once they arrive at the new house.

Stay Organized

Pack your dog’s items in a box or carton marked with a paw print or his name. This will make it easy for you to retrieve their items right away. You will also have all your pet items in one place, ready for their enjoyment and comfort!

During the move

  1. Keep your dog occupied during the move - including your dog’s favorite chew toy for the drive will keep him entertained. If it is a long drive, remember to take frequent breaks for your pup to get out of the car.

  2. Feed your dog lightly - to avoid upset stomachs keep their feedings on the light side during the move.

  3. Make sure your dog is safe in the car - ensure that your dog has adequate ventilation and is secured.

Remember to have patience with your dog. Moving is an anxious time for them too. By following some of these tips you can make it more pleasant for both of you. Incorporating some of these tips can be the beginning of you making new memories together!


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