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Tips for Moving out of State with a Pet

Even if you’re confident about moving and you know all the best relocation tips, you may not know what it takes to move a pet into a different state. Relocating a pet can provide special challenges because you are transporting a living animal and different states have different rules and regulations surrounding pet ownership. The following steps can help you avoid violations of state laws and help make your move as simple as possible.

Learn Your New State Laws
If you’ve only owned pets in your current state you may not be aware of what the regulations are in another state. You could suddenly be faced with the requirement of obtaining a license for your cat, or you may need to show proof of an up-to-date rabies vaccination for your dog. Find out exactly what you need in order to transport your pet across state lines. Keep these records within reach, as authorities may ask to view them.

Make Your Pet Easily Identifiable
Plenty of things can go wrong when you’re moving across state lines, including losing your pet during the rush of packing, driving, and unpacking all your stuff.  You and your pet will be doing a lot of traveling, especially if you are driving. It can be devastating if your pet runs off while traveling through unfamiliar places and ends up unable to find your new home, so prepare for the worst in advance by making your sure your dog or cat is provided with a collar that clearly states your contact information. If your pet doesn’t have a microchip – which is an identifying chip placed under the animal’s skin – consider getting one before you move.

Visit the Vet
Even if your animal has recently had a veterinary check-up, it’s wise to schedule a vet appointment close to your move date to ensure that your pet receives the proper vaccinations and treatments before you leave. Your vet can help you determine exactly what treatments your pet needs and what methods of travel he or she recommends. Your vet may also be able to offer relocation tips if your pet has special traveling considerations. For example, if your cat becomes extremely anxious during long trips in a car, some vets may prescribe a light sedative to calm him or her down.

Determine How Your Pet Will Travel
While you may be able to book a ticket on a plane, if your dog is over a certain size, he or she won’t necessarily be able to come with you. Similarly, if you’re moving to a new state and you’re planning on taking a long road trip to get there, your cat may be miserable during a long drive. If this is your first time moving with a pet then you need to start preparing in advance so you can keep your animal safe and happy and make any alternate arrangements if necessary. You may also want to look into pet relocation services, which will take care of the logistics of your pet’s move while making sure he or she is completely comfortable.

Moving with a pet doesn’t have to be complicated or frustrating. If you take the time to prepare in advance, the move can be a relatively stress-free experience for you and your animal.