What’s on your NYC moving checklist? If you haven’t made arrangements for your pets, you may want to update your list with a few to-do’s that will make life easier for you and your animals during the move. Moving with pets can be difficult. It’s a time of upheaval. Many animals become distressed when their homes are being dismantled and their owners aren’t paying much attention to them. Additionally, pets can find themselves in dangerous situations during a move. If they’re underfoot or away from their food and water for extended periods, accidents can happen or they might wander away. As experienced NYC movers and office movers, we’ve seen what happens when owners don’t make arrangements for their pets during moves, so we’ve put together a list of tips on how to move with pets.
Preparing for Travel
If you’re moving to NYC, you’ll want to obtain your pet’s vaccination and veterinary records before you leave. If you’re concerned about your pet’s health, schedule a vet exam, and ask about precautionary measures for your trip.
Check with any hotels you’re staying with to make sure they allow pets.
If you’ll be traveling by car for a long distance, help your pet to be comfortable by taking a few short car trips around the neighborhood in the days and weeks leading up to the move.
Consider car arrangements ahead of time. Smaller pets like birds and hamsters can usually travel in their cages. Just make sure their cages are positioned in a stable, well-ventilated part of the vehicle. Pets often stay calmer when their cages are covered while the vehicle is moving.
Packing and Loading
Your pet may experience the most stress while you’re packing up your home and loading everything into the truck. This is also one of the most dangerous times for pets. Since they can get stepped on or let out through an open door.
If at all possible, ask a friend or neighbor to keep your pet for the day while your home is being packed and loaded. Staying in a kennel for the day is another good option for your pet. You will have less to think about, and you’ll know your pet is safe during the move.
If you don’t have any other options, keep your pet safely confined to a low-traffic area of your home while you’re packing and loading.
Once you have arrived at your new apartment or house, you’ll still want to unload and unpack before your give your pet free rein of the place. Again, if you can place your pet in a kennel for the day, this might be the best option. If not, place your pet in the quietest part of your new home. Keep him or her contained until potential escape routes are closed and there’s some semblance of order.
If your pet has a bed or toys, make sure you show him or her where they’ll be. Introduce your pet to the neighbors and to their animals.
Update your pet’s identification tags to reflect your new address or phone number. If the registration of your pet is necessary, take care of it as soon as possible.
Find a new veterinarian near your home, and deliver your pet’s vaccination and vet records. It can be helpful to take your pet in for a visit right away so you’re not searching for a new vet when there’s an emergency.
Moving with your pets doesn’t have to be dangerous or stressful. By taking a few precautions, your pets will remain safe and healthy during your move. For more tips, contact your favorite NYC movers. Check out our other moving blogs, and be sure to check out our moving promotions, where you can either get $100 off your next move or get $80 worth of free moving boxes.