If you’re a pet parent buying a home in Howard County or Baltimore County, this checklist will help ensure that you’ve covered all your bases for a smooth move.
Checklist for Moving With Pets
For most people, the best way to organize a move with pets is to plan ahead – and to tackle some tasks before others. Check out this checklist for moving with pets that can help you as early as 6 weeks before your big day.
Checklist for Moving With Pets: 6 Weeks Out
- Start looking at travel arrangements for your pets if you’re not simply driving. If you’re flying, you need to know that airlines have a lot of restrictions on when, how and where pets can fly – and you may need to fly your pet as cargo in some cases.
- Find pet-friendly hotels along your route if you’re driving. (And even if you’re flying, you may want to consider getting a pet-friendly hotel for a day or two after your arrival; that way, there’s somewhere for your four-legged family members to hang out while you’re closing.)
- Invest in a pet carrier and start getting your pet used to it if you haven’t already done so.
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Checklist for Moving With Pets: 3 Weeks Out
- Visit your vet and get all your pet’s paperwork. You need health records, proof of vaccines (to apply for an animal license) and a quick check-up to talk about your upcoming move with your vet. If your pet is on any medications, you’ll want to pick up extras prior to the move, as well.
- Hire a pet-sitter for moving day. Moving day is hectic, and the last thing you want is for your pet to dash out the front door! A lot of pets get very anxious when their entire environment changes, too, so it may be best – even if you’re not worried about escape – to keep your pet out of the thick of things.
- Check your pet’s ID tag information and make the necessary changes.
Checklist for Moving With Pets: 2 Weeks Out
- Start packing up your pet’s belongings. Keep a separate box or bag that you’ll hand-carry to your next location that includes necessities like toys, kitty litter and a scoop, medications, toys, doggie bags, extra water and food bowls, and pet food.
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Checklist for Moving With Pets: Moving Day
- Plan your pet’s meals ahead of your long trip. Generally, vets recommend feeding your pets about five hours before you head to the airport – but check with your own vet to be sure.
- Take your pet to the sitter – and if you’ve chosen not to hire a sitter, put your pet in a room clearly marked “Do Not Open” when the movers are there (and make sure the movers know why).
- Keep your pet hydrated. Refill their water bowl often, because nervous pets can dehydrate easily (they tend to pant a lot).
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