By Virginia Simmons
Whether its exotic birds or the family dog, preparation is the most important step when moving with an animal.
Do they have any special needs? How do they handle stress?
The more you know about your pet and prepare for their behavior in any situation, the smoother the move will be for everyone.
2. Find your vet.
Before introducing your beloved pet to a new area, the area must know about your pet. Make sure to have updated records and chip information sent to a selected regional vet of your choosing.
Don’t forget to ask about the local walking trails and dog parks!
3. Keep it cool.
We all know how stressful moving can be, but imagine how anxious your furry friend is when their familiar surroundings are completely changed.
Set the mood for your trip ahead by remaining level headed and giving your pet a peaceful sense of relief.
4. Plan it out.
Be sure to leave out food, toys, and medications that your pet might need. Because moving for pets will be such a huge deal, it is recommended for them to have access to comforting toys- not to mention basic needs like food and water.
5. Consider the worst.
Animals in new homes tend to want to run back to their familiar surroundings so be sure to have an updated picture of your pet if they want to bolt.
6. Research state laws.
Make sure you have the proper health certificates in your new state.
Texas law does not require cats or dogs to have a CVI (Certificates of veterinary Inspection) but the state does insist that you have proof of current rabies vaccination.
You can find the state-by-state moving guide required by each state here: https://www.mymove.com/moving/moving-with-pets/