5 More Tips for Moving with Pets

Frightened cat hiding under bed

Earlier I posted 5 Tips for Moving with Pets. From the same helpful folks at PetRealtyNetwork here are another 5:

 •1.     Play it safe in the car. It's best to travel with your dog in a crate; second-best is to use a restraining harness. When it comes to cats, it's always best for their safety and yours to use a well-ventilated carrier in the car. Secure the crate or carrier with a seat belt and provide your pet with familiar toys. Never keep your pet in the open bed of a truck or the storage area of a moving van. In any season, a pet left alone in a parked vehicle is vulnerable to injury and theft. If you'll be using overnight lodging, plan ahead by searching for pet-friendly hotels. Have plenty of kitty litter and plastic bags on hand, and keep your pet on its regular diet and eating schedule.

•2.     Get ready for takeoff. When traveling by air, check with the airline about any pet requirements or restrictions to be sure you've prepared your pet for a safe trip. Some airlines will allow pets in the cabin, depending on the animal's size, but you'll need to purchase a special airline crate that fits under the seat in front of you. Give yourself plenty of time to work out any arrangements necessary including consulting with your veterinarian and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. If traveling is stressful for your pet, consult your veterinarian about ways that might lessen the stress of travel.

 •3.     Find a new veterinary clinic and emergency hospital. Before you move, ask your vet to recommend a doctor in your new locale. Talk to other pet owners when visiting the new community, and call the state veterinary medical association (VMA) for veterinarians in your location. When choosing a new veterinary hospital, ask for an impromptu tour; kennels should be kept clean at all times, not just when a client's expected. You may also want to schedule an appointment to meet the vets. Now ask yourself: Are the receptionists, doctors, technicians, and assistants friendly, professional and knowledgeable? Are the office hours and location convenient? Does the clinic offer emergency or specialty services or boarding? If the hospital doesn't meet your criteria, keep looking until you're assured that your pet will receive the best possible care. 

 •4.     Prep your new home for pets. Pets may be frightened and confused in new surroundings. Upon your arrival at your new home, immediately set out all the familiar and necessary things your pet will need: food, water, medications, bed, litter box, toys, etc. Pack these items in a handy spot so they can be unpacked right away. Keep all external windows and doors closed when your pet is unsupervised, and be cautious of narrow gaps behind or between appliances where nervous pets may try to hide. If your old home is nearby, your pet may try to find a way back there. To be safe, give the new home owners or your former neighbors your phone number and a photo of your pet, and ask them to contact you if your pet is found nearby. 

 •5.     Learn more about your new area. Once you find a new veterinarian, ask if there are any local health concerns such as heartworm or Lyme disease, or any vaccinations or medications your pet may require. Also, be aware of any unique laws. For example, there are restrictive breed laws in some cities. Homeowner associations also may have restrictions - perhaps requiring that all dogs are kept on leashes. If you will be moving to a new country, carry an updated rabies vaccination and health certificate. It is very important to contact the Agriculture Department or embassy of the country or state to which you're traveling to obtain specific information on special documents, quarantine, or costs to bring the animal into the country. 


--- Come for a visit; Stay for a lifetime!

Lottie Kendall, Realtor®


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Comment balloon 32 commentsLottie Kendall • December 11 2009 12:11PM


valerie osterhoudt

Lottie... These are GREAT tips.  Thanks for sharing.  When it comes to traveling with my dog, I make sure that I bring things that have her smell on them.  It makes her feel more at home no matter where we are.

valerie osterhoudt

Posted by Valerie Osterhoudt, ABR, Cromwell, CT Real Estate ~ 860.883.8889 (Johnson Real Estate, Inc.) over 10 years ago

Well this is great - a follow up to your first one.  Thanks - I have many clients that could use these thoughtful tips. I never thought of this is a sellers or home buyers book.  Great idea!

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten Arizona's Top Banana!, 602-380-4886 (HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000) over 10 years ago

Great tips!  We moved from California to Hawaii with a 14-year old miniature, long hair dachsund girl.  I don't know who mas more stressed, her or us?!

Posted by Douglas Fischer (East Oahu Realty - Selling Honolulu, Hawaii Condos) over 10 years ago

Good tip about checking with you vet for local health concerns.  Pets seem to be an imporatant part of most every family I work with.  I know they are an important part of mine!


Posted by Karen Pannell, Owensboro KY Real Estate -270-903-2167 Homes, Cond (Real Living / Home Realty) over 10 years ago

Thanks for the tips today.   I'm reblogging  it!

Posted by Patricia Aulson, Realtor - Portsmouth NH Homes-Hampton NH Homes (BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOME SERVICES Verani Realty NH Real Estate ) over 10 years ago

Hey Valerie, you had a great tip to share as well. Thanks!

Anna, I sometimes use these as a handout when working with clients who have pets. They appreciate having someone showing concern about their beloved pets. Glad you liked!

Doug, that was some move. Does Hawaii still have a quarantine period for pets? That has to be extra-stressful.

Karen, I'm glad you enjoyed these tips. Pets are an important part of a family.

Corinne, thanks for sharing your tip for extra-nervous cats. I'm with you there.

Patricia, so glad you found this of interest!


Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 10 years ago

Hi Lottie ~ Congratulations on the feature! Your illustration is adorable - I want to take that cat home with me. It's so interesting how some pets travel well and others don't. We had cats who would sit serenely during the entire ride and yet my current cat - fierce and brave as a rule - becomes a screeching, drooling mess when the car starts up.


Posted by Elizabeth Bolton, Cambridge MA Realtor (RE/MAX Destiny Real Estate Cambridge, MA) over 10 years ago

Great tips for those with pets, I will pass this on to someone with a pet.

Posted by James Lyon (Vista Pacific Realty) over 10 years ago

I had a client move from Durham NC to the Chicago with a Cat.  The cat cried all night in the hotel room.  He says he will not do that again

Posted by Jim O'Donnell (Raleigh Cary Realty) over 10 years ago


All good advice to help the pet as much as the owner.

Posted by Ted Tyndall, I will help You find the Home YOU want to Buy (Davidson Realty Inc.) over 10 years ago

Very important tip when moving with pets--never pack the cat and dog in the same box.

Posted by Bob Hirsch (The AVD Group) over 10 years ago

Hi Liz -- pets really have unique personalities, don't they? Hey--thanks for telling me about the "feature." It's my first!

James, glad you found some value here; hope your pet-loving friends do, too.

Jim,  I have a mental picture of how horrid that experience must have been, both for your friend AND and cat!

Thanks for your comment, Ted. We help our clients if we help their pets is my thought.

Bob, #12, I LOVE your tip! Thanks for the good laught!

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 10 years ago

Thanks for the tips!  Have a great holiday!

Posted by Jeff D. Clark, Your Eastern Oregon Real Estate Specialist (Blue Summit Realty Group) over 10 years ago

While I don't have any pets myself it seems like all my clients and friends do.  This is great advice for someone like me who has to advise people about moving. You've made my job a little easier.

Posted by Marian Pierre-Louis, Metrowest Boston (Fieldstone Historic Research) over 10 years ago

Hi Marian -- those with pets often consider them as much a part of the family as the rest of the members. Them seem to appreciate the information. Glad you can use this!

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 10 years ago

Jeff, thanks for stopping by. Happy holidays to you, too.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 10 years ago

Hi Lottie~  I never really thought about moving being stessful on our pets.   You bought up some great points!

Posted by Vickie McCartney, Broker, Real Estate Agent Owensboro KY (Maverick Realty) over 10 years ago

great tips for people moving with pets.  You want a calm pet and hope to get a pet safely to the destination.

Posted by Russ Ravary ~ Metro Detroit Realtor call (248) 310-6239, Michigan homes for sale ~ yesmyrealtor@gmail.com (Real Estate One) over 10 years ago

Hi Lottie -- This is something that can easily get overlooked, so ensuring a pet is prepared for the move and the destination is very important.  They can stress so easily over moves, I've seen it with my own pets.

Posted by Chris Olsen, Broker Owner Cleveland Ohio Real Estate (Olsen Ziegler Realty) over 10 years ago

Cute picture. I'm a cat person too. Thanks for the tips.

Posted by Nathan Tutas, Your Central Florida Real Estate Expert (Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.) over 10 years ago

Nathan, Chris, Russ, and Vickie -- glad you enjoyed the tips. Wishing you all -- and your pets -- stressfree holidays!

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 10 years ago

A good herbal is a product called Rescue Remedy - now they actually package this as something called Rescue Remedy for pets I believe. Rub it on their ears and it takes the edge off the stress for them -- and its all natural.

Posted by Bob & Carolin Benjamin, East Phoenix Arizona Homes (Benjamin Realty LLC) over 10 years ago

These are great tips. The same can be said for taking vacations with your pet. We are spending our Christmas break in OH and bringing our 1 and a half year old boxer with us. I hope the harness works for the trip!

Posted by Home Loan Search.Online (Home Loan Search Online) over 10 years ago

That cat is beautiful. I love the little brown eyebrows. I'm fortunate that I've never had to move a pet in several decades, but there was a time when I was moving every six months with my pets. I think it was as rough on them as it was on me.

Happy end of year!

Posted by Russel Ray, San Diego Business & Marketing Consultant & Photographer (Russel Ray) over 10 years ago

Bob and Carolin -- thanks for telling us about Rescue Remedy

Russell (Integrity Mortgage) -- your doggie might be a candidate for the above!

Russell Ray -- LOVE your kitty stamp! I see no stress there, just lots of playful fun!

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 10 years ago

Lottie, Often times we don't take into consideration how a move is going to affect our animals physically and emotionally.  Great article!

Posted by Sandy Shores FL Realtor®, Melbourne Real Estate, Brevard County Real Estate, Florida's Space Coast (M & M Realty of Brevard Inc.) over 10 years ago

Great Tips

Posted by Robert Twaron over 10 years ago

Sandy, that's especially true for those of us who don't (currently) have pets.

Robert, thanks for stopping by; glad you enjoyed the tips.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 10 years ago

Excellent post.  This should be part of the whole relocation/moving package.  And I love the picture of the kitty.

Posted by Jane Peters, Los Angeles real estate concierge services (Home Jane Realty) over 10 years ago

Thanks Jane. Glad you like it. I do use this and the tips in my first blog in my buyer/seller package.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 10 years ago

Lottie:  Besides the obviously fantastic recommendations you make here, the picture you provide is beautiful.  What a pair of beautiful, clear eyes watching us from your post!  The post itself touches upon a topic that needs to be addressed seriously by moving pet owners.  We humans are not the only ones needing to considered during this time.

Great post ...


Posted by Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi, 708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience (NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656) over 10 years ago

Glad you found the tips helpful, Gene. I love those eyes, too.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 10 years ago