10 Tips For Preparing Your Pet For A Move

Dated: December 6 2021

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10 Tips for Preparing Your Pet for a Move

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Did you know that 70% of U.S. households own one or more pets? Dogs are the #1 most popular pet in the country, with over 63 million households owning a dog (and about 45 million households owning a cat!). In 2021, the City of Tampa was named the #2 most pet-friendly town in America by WalletHub, with the City of St. Petersburg not far behind, ranked as the #7 most pet-friendly town! Needless to say, the Tampa Bay area is full of wonderful pets!


With this in mind, it’s important to know that moving with a pet is not only common, but can sometimes feel stressful for families that are relocating with their favorite 4-legged family member(s). At the Sandy Hartmann Real Estate Group, we not only love our pets, but we’ve helped thousands of people relocate with their own pets! Read below to find out about 10 tips we have to make a move with your fur-baby easier for everyone!


Check Out Our 10 Tips Below for Preparing Your Pet For a Move:


  1. Get Your Pet Acclimated to Their Carrier Before the Move- Regardless of the distance you’re moving, Fido will be safer in a pet carrier. A couple of weeks before the big move, start introducing your pet to the carrier with new toys & treats, and be sure to throw in a favorite blanket or towel they may love. Once they are familiar with it, take them for a short, 10-minute drive in it to take it a step further.

  2. Update Your Pet’s Microchip Info and Tags With Your New Address- This is a really important step so if your pet gets lost at your new home, it can be easily returned to you. It’s an easy step to forget- so handle it in advance of your big move!

  3. Check Local Pet Ordinances and Laws- Be sure to find out what the laws for pets are in your new city. Find out if you need a new license for your pet, the current leash laws and if there are any breed bans in place.

  4. Visit to Your Vet- Take your pup or cat to their vet for a routine checkup if it’s been a while. Make sure all vaccines are up to date and that meds have been refilled. Don’t forget to get a copy of your pet’s health records so you can easily give a copy to your new vet once you move.

  5. Find a New Vet in Advance of Your Move-Don’t wait until your pet gets injured or sick to find a new vet. Check local online reviews and reach out to pet-friendly neighborhood groups on social media to find out where the best vet will be for your pet after you move. Be sure to schedule an initial consult within a week or 2 of your move so you can be prepared if your pet needs medical attention later on.

  6. Don’t Isolate Your Pet While You Pack- Be sure to let your cat or dog roam the house as they usually would while you fold clothes, pack boxes, and move items around your home. Let them sniff boxes and sit by your side as they normally would. If you isolate your pet in a room all alone or outside while you pack, they’ll likely start to feel anxious and stressed about all the activity going on inside the home. Not only is this not good for their introduction to a new residence, it can also lead to destructive behavior, barking and changing sleep patterns.

  7. Keep Your Pet’s Favorite Toys and Snacks Handy- Remember to pack a bag or box that will stay with you that has all your pet’s favorite items in it, including a few day’s worth of pet food while you unpack. During times of stress in the car or on the plane to your new home, be sure to have a few comforting items handy for Fido if he needs some reassurance.

  8. Take Your Pet to Their New Home in Your Vehicle- If possible, let your pet ride with you (safely in their crate, kennel or harness) to your new home for their first visit or arrival.

  9. Take Your Pet on a Tour of Their New Home- Once you arrive at your new home, be sure to take your pet through the house, room by room, to assure them it’s a safe space for them. For bonus points, set up ‘their space’ in advance of bringing them in and introduce them to it on the tour. Give them access to a quiet, safe space while you unpack or have movers in the house.

  10. Pet-Proof the Outdoor Space- Before you let your pets roam in their new backyard be sure to check every inch of it for any safety hazards that might be present. If you have a fenced backyard, check it thoroughly for any places that your pet could escape through and make necessary repairs before letting them roam. Don’t forget to identify the plants in your new outdoor space as well, making sure there are no toxic plants around that could be harmful to your pets health.

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Andrea Hartmann

Andrea is the Managing Partner of The Sandy Hartmann Group and runs the team alongside Sandy Hartmann. She would love to talk to you about real estate! Andrea was born and raised in the Tampa Bay a....

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