We love our pets as part of the family, and just as moving can be overwhelming at times for Mom, Dad, Billy, and Suzy, don’t forget this short “Have to” list for our four-legged family members. With just a few steps you can set Rover and Fluffy up for their own successful relocation and ensure none of the following important details fall through the cracks.
First, call the state Veterinarian’s office or Department of Agriculture in the state you are moving to. Check the bottom of the page at this link for most states’ contact information. Ask for the laws and regulations concerning the types of pets you will be relocating with, keeping in mind the more exotic your pet the more restrictions you may be facing. This quick call will let you know everything you are going to need, including medical documentation, to license your pets in your new state.
Call your current Veterinarian for copies of medical records including an up to date list of vaccinations. The reason? See paragraph above. You’ll want to have all your paperwork in order as each state has its own set of required documentation for incoming pets.
Lastly, make sure all animals are tagged with identifying information, including phone number, and that you have photographs handy of each pet should a certain someone wander off while the family takes a break at a highway rest stop. Many lost pets have been known to find their way home after getting lost. Not so during a move. Take the time to make sure the whole family arrives safe and sound at your new home on move in day.