Mesa shares 10 tips for Moving with Pets. We understand that relocating to a new home isn’t the easiest thing to do, but moving with a pet can make it extra challenging.

  1. New Tag Time: Update your pet’s tag with your new address, mobile number, and pet’s name.
  2. Know the Law: Find out the pet laws, city ordinances, and licensing requirements in your new location. If you will be renting, make sure pets are allowed and carefully review the lease.                    
  3. Stay Calm: Keep your pet calm on moving day by putting it in a safe, quiet, place (like the bathroom) and put a sign on the door so the movers won’t disturb them. When the mover’s take a break, give your pet a break too. Make sure they have plenty of food and water for the day.
  4. Be Safe: Travel safely with your pet in the car by keeping it in a secured carrier with their favorite toy. Have plenty of food and water; several days’ worth in case of an emergency. Never leave your pet alone in the car, especially in the heat!
  5. Get Settled: Help your pet feel comfortable in your new home by having their familiar things, such as their bed, litter box, food, bowls, and toys. If your pet goes outside, and you didn’t move very far away, it may try to find its way back to your old home. Keeping your pet on a lease or in a fenced yard will help it learn its new boundaries.
  6. Vet Care: If you are moving with a pet far away, start looking for a new veterinarian before you relocate. Have a copy of your pet’s vaccinations, medications, and medical history to give to the new veterinarian.
  7. Plan Ahead: If driving to your new home takes more than one day, book a room prior to the move at a pet friendly hotel.
  8. Enjoy the Experience: It is said that moving is the third-most stressful life-event a person can have; the first two are death and divorce. Moving with Mesa, a trusted and reputable mover, will help you worry less and stay calm. When you are more relaxed, moving with a pet will be more enjoyable.                       
  9. Air Travel: If you must transport your pet by air, check with your veterinarian to make sure your pet is healthy enough to fly. Find out if the airline has any requirements such as health certificate or vaccine records. It is crucial for you to prepare your pet for the flight. Familiarize your pet with the crate they will travel in by practicing and awarding good behavior.
  10. You are Home: Get familiar with your new surrounding by taking your pet on walks to see the sights and meet your new neighbors. This will make you and your pet feel at home.