Let’s face it – moving is stressful enough. More pet parents won’t let their pets travel by plane. Instead, they choose to drive their pets thousands of miles to their new home.
Moving cross country with your pets can make you crazy. But it doesn’t have to be a trip to the asylum for you or your pet. Smart pet parents plan and prepare for their cross country move.
A few travel tips before you and your pet hit the road:
ID and microchip your pet: In case of an accident or your pet gets lost, make sure her ID tags are current. Microchipping and your cellphone number on her ID tag is a good idea.
Check in with your veterinarian: Let them know you’re planning a cross country trip. Make sure your pet is healthy and free from parasites that weaken his immune system.
Keep veterinary emergency info on hand. Visit VCA Animal Hospitals to find veterinary care by city, state and zip code.
Regular bathroom breaks and exercise: You don’t want to drive all day without a break. Be aware that your cat or dog will need regular bathroom breaks.
For dogs, they need a break every few hours. Let them sniff around the area and take their time for a pee break.
Your move will be challenging but not impossible. Plan, prepare for the unexpected, and keep your pet’s well-being in mind. Keep them safe, hydrated and remember to exercise them.
“It is difficult to obtain the friendship of a cat. It is a philosophical animal… one that does not place its affections thoughtlessly.”