Our pets are part of the family and it’s important to make sure they’re comfortable throughout the entire moving process. The great news is creating a smooth transition for both you and your companion is relatively simple. Don't let moving with pets add any unnecessary stress, just follow these 10 tips:

1.  PLAN TO MOVE INTO A PET-FRIENDLY LOCATION into a pet-friendly location that will accommodate you and your pet’s lifestyle. Will your outdoor cat be safe in the new city? Is the neighborhood safe for daily walks with your pooch? Will the type and amount of pets you own be welcomed in your new rental?

2.  In weeks leading up to the move, MAKE YOUR PET FAMILIAR WITH HIS CRATE or carrying case. If your pet is uncomfortable in the car, ease him into the process by taking quick road trips, gradually increasing the distance.

3.  RESEARCH QUARANTINE AND VACCINE requirements for your new city of residence and arrange to administer any shots before the relocation. Protecting your pet is the most important part of moving with him.

4.  LOOK INTO A NEW VETERINARIAN in your future location ahead of time and transfer your pet’s records. It’s also important to locate the nearest 24-hour emergency clinic and save their phone number in your phone.

5.  PACK THE BASICS—food and water, dishes, treats, toys, a leash, chews, medicines, and copies of vaccination records in a bag that stays with your pet and is easily accessible.

6.  On moving day, TAKE YOUR PET TO A FRIEND'S HOUSE to avoid the commotion of people coming in and out of your home. If that’s not an option, keep your pet in the most calm and quiet room possible while the movers are present.

7.  If you’re moving long distance, be sure to SCHEDULE REGULAR, PET-FRIENDLY PIT STOPS on the way to the new house.

8.  When you arrive at your new home, LOOK FOR ANY POTENTIAL ESCAPE OR HEALTH ISSUES and address them immediately before letting your pet into that area of the home or yard.

9.  Rather than send your dog or cat freely exploring the new house right away (which can be stressful), CREATE A "HOME ROOM" where they will feel safe. Arrange their bed, food, water, and other essentials to make it as cozy as possible. As they become comfortable, gradually open the doors to more areas of the house.

10. As you move in, be sure to REGISTER YOUR CATS AND DOGS in your new city of residence. Registration is required by law, but the fees are relatively inexpensive. Updating your dog or cat identification tag with your new address and phone number should also be a priority to make sure your dog or cat always returns home.

Our dogs and cats are loyal companions. In the many activities associated with moving, be sure to take the extra time to accommodate these furry friends. They’re certainly worth the extra effort.