Moving with Pets Can Be Difficult

As if moving to a new home or locale isn’t stressful enough, what about making sure you have covered all your bases when it comes to taking your pets along. In this online article, we are going to focus on moving with animals, all types of animals. Though it’s true that most animals tend to go with the flow, it is very important to prepare ahead of time for both your family and the family pet as well. Below are a few recommendations from Tru-Pak Moving Systems, a leader in the North Carolina moving industry that can help your moving experience be less stressful for you as well as your pets. We understand that family pets come in all varieties, shapes, and sizes so it is important to know ahead of time what rules you must follow if your new home is governed by an association.  

Rules & Regulations Regarding Your New Home

If you are moving to a condominium, apartment, townhome, or even a single-family home, many homeowner associations have rules regarding pets you will have to abide by. Many high-rise condos for example or apartments have weight and size requirements for dogs. There may be rental units or condo complexes that will not allow a particular breed of dog for instance like a pit bull or bull mastiff. Some associations do not allow snakes or reptiles that many individuals have as pets. Certain types of felines might be exempt from ownership but most associations do not regard house cats as issues. It is important to know the rules of any organization your homeownership or rental agreement might have jurisdiction over. Before you commit to a lease, actually perform a move, or even buy a property, you will need to understand the rules governing your dwelling concerning the ownership of animals. Get the facts prior to committing or signing any lease. It might also be a good idea if you change city locations to find a veterinarian and have your pet’s records forwarded so that you have established a doctor in case anything happens to your pet during the move.

Animal Identification Protects Them and You

Your animals in many cases are really an extension of your family, so protecting them should always be a number one priority. Have appropriate identification either on the animal or with you during the move. Place any immunizations or pet records in a safe and accessible place when moving. This is especially important when you move into a new home or location. In many cases, your new neighbors will more than likely not have met you yet. In this case, they might not be able to recognize your animals. This makes animal tags that much more important when moving into a new neighborhood so neighbors know these animals belong here. Don’t forget to update the animal tags with your new address along with your pet’s name and of course your phone number. This way if your pets get loose, lost, stolen or pickup by animal control, you can be contacted immediately.

Up Date all Your Pet’s Vaccinations

Prior to your Asheville move, you should schedule a veterinarian appointment to ensure your pet(s) are up-to-date on their vaccinations and in good health. Moving is a stressful and chaotic event for most people, which is why you should accomplish this prior to your move so you don’t forget. Depending on where you move, many states require new licensing and you may have to provide a certificate of health to show your pets are up to date on their vaccinations. It is always a good idea to find out what the licensing requirements are prior to moving to your new home to avoid complications.

Crating Pets or Renting Vehicles

Depending on how you will travel to your new residency you will want to consider how you plan on transporting your animals. If you choose plane travel you will want to secure your pets in an airline approved container. Traveling by car in most cases is by far the safest way to transport them and crating is an option. We have had customers who rented a van where larger dogs are more comfortable for long trips and the rest of the family travels in an accompanying car. Remember, safety first for the animal and those in the car. A loose pet can be a distraction unless they are experienced travelers and will not interfere with your driving.

Of course, long-distance moving can be a little more complicated but planning for the trip will help you avoid complicated issues from arising. Typically, most airlines will only allow smaller animals to fly in the cabin. Larger dogs must be placed in cargo which in itself can be hazardous. Always speak with your pet’s veterinarian prior to flying, to discuss risks and medications that you can give your animals to ease their plane trip. Speak with the airlines to find out the do’s and don’ts prior to putting your pet on a plane.

Whether moving local or long distance, it is always a good idea to plan ahead. Making sure you have your bases covered will ensure a smoother move with fewer hassles.

Asheville Moving Company

Tru-Pak Moving Systems has been the moving company Asheville NC residents have trusted for over 60 years. We specialize in local, long-distance, business, commercial, corporate relocations, freight hauling, and military and government moves. If you have questions regarding your upcoming move and would like to get moving advice from one of North Carolina’s largest and most successful moving companies give us a call today at 800-659-1233 ext. 210. We are a licensed, bonded, and insured independent agent for United Van Lines. We take the stress out of moving by assigning both a Moving Coordinator and a Moving Team of experienced and knowledgeable moving technicians to every move we make, across town or across the nation. That is the Tru-Pak Difference. Affordable moving services and the safe transport of your precious valuables. Tru-Pak Moving Systems, truly a cut above! Visit our website @ Tru-Pak.Com for online moving quotes, moving pre-planning advice, and all of our services and qualifications.

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