Pets will be stressed by all the moving activities in their home. If you haven’t already given some thought to moving your pets, now is the time to start planning.

Book an appointment with your veterinarian a few weeks before the move to obtain a copy of your pet’s records. If you are moving out of Canada, you will need a letter from the vet stating that the animals are in good health and have had all the necessary rabies vaccines. A quarantine may also be required depending on the country you are moving to. 

If you are moving your pet by car, plan to stop along the way and make reservations at pet-friendly hotels.

Preparing for the Move

If you are moving long distance and your pets are not accustomed to being crated, purchase one in advance and put some of their toys and water in it. Let them go in the crate each day to get accustomed to it.

Air Travel

Air travel can be stressful, but it may be your only option depending on where you are moving. We recommend using a pet relocation company that specializes in arrangements for moving pets, including booking flights, arranging for delivery to the airport and kennel services. If you are making your own air arrangements for your pets, here are a few things you should know:

Most Airlines 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”.

Cargo Compartment

Airlines have a maximum weight they will allow for animals, so check with your airline. Crates must be large enough for the animal to stand up and move around but cannot exceed 27” x 40” x 55”. Do not leave a leash or toys in the crate. Feed your pet several hours before the flight. Cargo compartments are not climate controlled; when temperatures are too cold or hot, the airlines may not accept bookings until the weather is moderate.

Moving Day

On moving day, leave pets with a friend or neighbour they know until the movers are finished. If this is not possible, put them in an empty room with their bed or travel crate, toys and some food and water. Once the movers have finished loading, give your pet extra attention and treats until it’s time for the trip. 

Helping your Pets Settle In

Pets pick up on their owner’s stress; take the time to cuddle and pet them daily to reassure them. Have their favourite toys around and keep mealtimes as they were before. This will help them adjust quickly to their new home. Keep cats confined to the house for a few days to calm them and adapt to the new smells and sounds. Take your dog on lots of walks around the new neighbourhood.

For more information on moving with pets or to request a moving quote, contact Premiere Van Lines today at 1-877-671-6683.