How to Make Moving with Pets a Breeze!

Moving with pets is a bit like moving with children. They will likely be stressed by all of the unusual activity taking place in their home and they don’t always adapt well to change. If you haven’t already given some thought to this part of your move, now is the time to do some advance planning.

Practical Matters

Plan a visit to your veterinarian a few weeks before the move to obtain a copy of your pet’s records. Ask your vet for a recommendation to a new vet in the city you are moving to. If you are moving out of Canada then you will require a letter from the vet stating that the animals are in good health and have had all of the necessary vaccines. Depending on what country you are moving to there may be other regulations in place, some countries like Australia require a period of quarantine.  

If you are moving your pet by car and will be stopping along the way, make sure you make reservations at “pet friendly hotels” in advance. There are many of these facilities available all across North America.

Getting Pet Prepared for Move

If you are moving long distance and your pets are not accustomed to being crated then purchase one in advance and allow them to go in it for an hour or two several times per day. Put toys and a water bowl in the crate.

Mode of Travel

Ideally, your family pet should travel with you in your car. Air travel can be especially stressful however if you are moving long distance this may not be unavoidable. We highly recommend that you use the services of one of the many pet relocation companies, particularly if your move is an international one. Your moving company can make these arrangements for you. These companies specialize in making the arrangements for moving pets including booking flights, arranging for delivery to the airport, kennelling and other necessities. If you are planning to make your own arrangements for moving your pets by air, here are a few things you should know:

Travel in Aircraft Cabin

Air Canada and WestJet will accept dogs, cats and other small animals up to a maximum weight of 22lbs provided they are in a soft-sided travel crate that measures -10.5” x 15.5 x 21.5”.

Travel in Cargo Compartment

Air Canada accepts dogs up to 70lbs and WestJet will accept animals up to 100 lbs. Crates must be large enough for animal to stand up and move around but cannot exceed 27” x 40” x 55”. Never leave leashes in the crate nor toys. Animals should be fed several hours before the flight departure. You should also be aware that the cargo compartments are not climate controlled therefore when temperatures are excessively cold or hot, the airlines may not accept a booking until the weather moderates.

Moving Day for Pets

On moving day, it is preferable to leave pets with a friend or neighbour until the moving truck is loaded. If this is not possible then try to confine them to an empty room with their bed or travel crate, a few toys and some food and water. Once everything else is ready to go, retrieve your pet and give them some extra attention or treats until it is time for the trip.  

Getting your pets settled into their new home will be similar to getting your children comfortable. Familiar things like favourite toys and lots of attention from the family members will make the transition easier. It may make sense to confine cats to a couple of rooms for the first few days. Dogs like to explore the entire home to get used to the new smells. Take your dog on walks around the new neighbourhood so they can see the new sites. Remember, the new house will soon feel like home.  

For more information on how to make moving with pets as simple as possible, contact us at Premiere Van Lines today!