If your pet has been microchipped or wears pet tags, update them as soon as possible, especially because some pets do manage to escape and flee out of fear or anxiety. Depending on when and where this happens, even if they make it back to your original home safely, you won’t be there. Keep your vet in the loop for advice on making the move. Some dogs benefit from anti-anxiety tools, like weighted vests or anti-anxiety medications. Other tools include Adaptil collars or sprays. If your pet shows signs of anxiety, don’t wait to start treatment, and make sure to extend that treatment into and beyond the move for a period of time. Always treat anxiety under the guidance of a vet or pet behaviorist who knows your dog’s temperament and health history.
Get recommendations for a new vet if you’ll be moving away from your pet’s current vet, and arrange to send copies of your dog’s records ahead of time. Book your pet’s first appointment with the new vet soon upon arrival in your new hometown. That way, if your pet does seem to experience some trouble adjusting, you’ve already started a relationship with that care provider. Before you move, obtain your pet’s most up-to-date medical records, health certificate, and vaccination records. Keep these with you while traveling, especially if you will be flying or if you need to stay in a hotel during your move.