Moving successfully with pets

Woman holding a young chocolate lab

Moving can be stressful, especially for some pets, which is why we've pulled together a list of things to consider as you transition from one place to the other. If you have questions about any of the information below, or you have pet behavior concerns, please contact our Pet Helpline.

Identification and documentation

  • Make sure your pet is wearing proper identification (collar and tags) with your new address. If your pet has a microchip, remember to update your contact information on your account!
  • Keep your pet's documentation in a safe, accessible place. Documentation includes vaccination records, microchip and license numbers, spay/neuter certificate, your current vet's contact information, and a recent photo of your pet.

Health and safety

  • Consult your vet to ensure your pet is in good health for traveling. Your vet may also be able to provide referral information if you're moving to a new city or town.
  • Keep your pet properly secured while items are being packed and transported. Regardless of how well-adjusted they may be, your pet may get spooked or startled by all the noise and activity.
  • Keep your pet in a secure kennel or crate, or place them in a room that's off-limits (make sure you tell everyone, especially movers). Or have a trusted family member or friend watch your pet off-site while you or a moving crew haul boxes.

Traveling with your pet

  • Get your pet accustomed to car travel. Take short trips at first, then gradually increase the time. If your pet just doesn't seem comfortable, consult your vet who may be able to offer suggestions for reducing pet anxiety.
  • If you must transport your pet on an airplane, give yourself ample time to research airline regulations. Consult with your vet, too, and take precautions to help ensure your pet's safety.
  • If you're moving to a new city or town, make accommodation arrangements in advance for any overnight stops. When traveling with a pet, it's always best to call ahead and book pet-friendly lodging to ensure you both have a place to stay.
  • Research pet regulations (such as health regulations, quarantines, or required documentation) for your new home city or town. This is especially important if you're moving across international borders.