Moving with Pets

Moving with pets can be a daunting process. You have to make sure that your pet will be trasnsported safely. It is very essential that you provide a safe environment for your precious pet during the whoe time.

Pet Movers and Pets Moving Services

We, at XpressMovers offer local pet moving Services at reasonable prices. You can also ask for the special Cross Country Pet Moving Services which we offer. By law we can't move your pet from state to state, but we can give you some useful tips on how to move your pet safely to your new destination. Contact us and talk with our sales representatives to tell them that you will move simultaneously with your pet. We are the Best High Rated Pet Movers in USA with years of experience in the business and thousands of happy customers. Check what customers say about XpressMovers' Pet Moving Services by clicking here. We are a licensed, insured and accredited Pet Moving Company, and we have the necessary equipment to do your pet moving process. Fill our Free Moving Quote or Call us at 1-800-778-4177 to request a quote and speak with our highly knowledgeable personnel about all your pet moving questions you may have. Choose us and you won't regret later because we are really the best in this business. We offer the best Pet Moving Services at affordable prices.

How to move your Pets

We want to make the transition as smooth as possible for your pet by providing some basic information and tips on moving your pets. We offer affordable prices and printable moving checklist to ensure that your pet move will be flawless, but you have to fill our Free Moving Quote first and trust us as a trustworthy moving company.

Before You Move with Pets

Contact the State Veterinarian's Office or State Department of Agriculture requesting the pet laws and regulations of your destination state.Moving-With-Pets Many communities have zoning laws that prohibit you from keeping pets such as goats, pigs and chickens in residential areas. Also, cats, dogs, aquariums and exotic pets (iguanas, venomous snakes, tarantulas, ferrets, etc.) may not be allowed in apartment or condo complexes. Make sure your lease allows them on the premises before you move in.

If you have a wolf, monkey, big cat, or any other large exotic animal pet, you will likely need a special permit to keep it. The state agencies listed at the end of this page can help answer your pet moving questions.

After complying with the state regulations, check with the City Clerk's office in your new community for local pet ordinances. "Leash Laws" are common, licensing may be necessary, and the number of pets per household may be limited.

Once you are sure your pet will be allowed in your new community and/or complex, request your pet's health records from your veterinarian. This information will help your new veterinarian provide better care for your pet.

Before your departure, make sure you have a recent photograph of your pet (in case the animal is lost), and the proper pet documents, such as:

  • A Health Certificate less than 10 days old. Most states require one for dogs. Many states require one for cats, birds, and certain exotic animals as well. Check with your veterinarian or one of the state animal-control agencies listed in the back to determine if your pet requires a Health Certificate. The certificate must be issued by a licensed veterinarian, and current inoculation records must accompany it.
  • A Permit. You may need to purchase a permit allowing your exotic pet to enter the destination state. Your veterinarian may assist you in applying for one.
  • Identification. Whether you are traveling by air or car, any pet that can wear a collar should have one on, with an ID tag secured to it. Birds may be identified by leg bands. The ID tag should include the pet's name, your name, and the destination address. In addition to ID, most states require dogs, cats and some exotic animals to have a rabies tag on their collars. Check with your veterinarian or one of the state animal-control agencies listed in the back.

Choosing A Pet Moving Method

You can hire a professional pet-moving service to transport your four-legged family member or do it yourself. State to State Movers are not permitted to transport pets, nor are buses or trains (Seeing Eye dogs are the exception).

If your pet requires special handling when moving, you may consider using a professional pet service that can take care of everything for you.

The Pet Carrier

The importance of a sturdy, comfortable carrier for your pet cannot be overemphasized. A carrier should be large enough for the pet to stand up, turn around, and lie down. It must have adequate cross-ventilation and a leak-proof bottom with layers of absorbent lining.Moving With Pets Cage It should have a secure closing mechanism on the door but do not lock the kennel. Federal regulations require that your pet be accessible in the event of an emergency.

Most airlines have pet carriers available for purchase with advance notice (48 hours or more). These kennels meet all US Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) and International Air Transport Association (IATA) requirements for pet transportation. Pet stores also may have acceptable carriers for sale. Birds must be placed in durable pet carriers other than conventional bird cages.

Moving Pets By Air

If you plan to fly your pet to its new home, first confirm that the airline allows animals.Moving With Pets Cages If it does, give notice when you book your flight that your pet will be traveling with you. Some airlines allow pets inside the cabin (first-come, first-served basis) if the pet is odorless, inoffensive, and kept in a USDA and IATA-approved container small enough to fit under the seat. Properly harnessed Seeing Eye dogs may sit at the owner's feet.

Pets not accompanied by the owner, or too large to travel inside the cabin, must travel air freight. Most airlines accept dogs, cats, birds and fish in air freight. But if you have a venomous snake or other exotic pet, it may not be allowed on the plane.

Minimize your pet's stress by avoiding through-checking and plane changes. Moving your pet from one plane to another adds extra work, cost and stress to your pet's relocation. Remember to have all the proper documents and a recent photo of your pet handy. You may need to bring your pet to freight loading two or more hours before departure. Mark the container with the animal's name and note if it bites. Write the words "FRAGILE. LIVE ANIMAL" and "THIS SIDE UP" clearly on the outside of the container.

For your pet's welfare and comfort on any flight, accompanied or not, be sure to:

Feed your pet a light meal five to six hours before flight time but, do not give it water two hours before take-off, except on very hot days. Do not feed fish for two to three days before shipping.
Turtles (the easiest pet to transport) can be mailed overnight. Pack them in well-cushioned Styrofoam boxes with air holes and lined with soft grass or leaves. The box should not be so tight that the turtle cannot extend its legs or head. Write "FRAGILE. LIVE ANIMAL" and "THIS SIDE UP" on the box. Keep the surroundings moist, but not wet, by dampening a cloth and placing it inside the container.
Fish should be packed in plastic containers equipped with battery operated aerators and placed in strong boxes.
Pets must be picked up from the airport within a reasonable time (usually within 24 hours of arrival). If not, they will either be returned to point of origin or placed in a kennel at the owner's expense.

Airlines may refuse to transport a pet if:

  1. It cannot be shipped within a 24-hour period
  2. The ground temperature is below 45 F or above 85 F at either origin or destination
  3. It is not in a USDA and IATA-approved container or without proper identification and certificates
  4. The pet has been sedated, unless the drug name, dosage and how it was administered is noted on the carrier.

Moving Pets By Car

Moving With Pets CarCar travel is the most common means of pet moving and transportation. It provides a feeling of security for your pet, and it is less expensive. Traveling with your pet can be a pleasant experience when you follow certain guidelines:

- If your pet is not used to car travel, take it on short rides before the trip to help accustom it to the motion of the car. If your pet is prone to motion sickness, consult your veterinarian about medication to reduce or eliminate the symptoms.

- Do not feed or water your pet for a few hours before you leave. After you are on the road, feed only once daily. Take a supply of water from home; different water on the road can cause upset stomachs for pets. Make frequent stops to water and exercise your pet, and keep your pet on a leash for its protection, and yours.

- While riding in the car, do not let your pet hang out the window. Dirt and insects can fly into its eyes, causing irritation and infection. Keep power-windows locked to prevent your pet (especially cats) from lowering the window and jumping out.

- If your car is not equipped with air conditioning, leave the windows cracked 1" to 1 1/2". Pets need plenty of air, especially when it is hot, or when the animal is prone to motion sickness.

- Small animals, such as gerbils and hamsters are sensitive to hot and cold temperatures.

- Try not to leave your pet in the car alone. If it is unavoidable, lock the car doors, crack windows for cross-ventilation, and leave water with your pet.

Remove the water and food dishes of birds and other small caged animals to avoid messy spills while the car is moving. Feed and water these pets at stops along the way. Keep your bird's cage covered to help calm it. If you are transporting fish in plastic bags, do not put them in direct sunlight or cold drafts.

Hotel Stays with Pets

If you anticipate overnight stops, contact several lodgings along your route and confirm your pet will be admitted. No pet should be left in the car overnight. The reservation center may be able to assist you in finding hotels on your route that accept pets.

Arriving At Your New Home with Pets

Like people, pets need time to become accustomed to a new house and new faces. Using your pet's favorite food bowl, bedding and toys will aid greatly in getting your pet to feel right at home. Once you and your family are settled in, locate a veterinarian.

If your pet will have free-roam of your new home, let the animal come out of its cage when it is ready by leaving the door open.

State Agencies

You can find all the necessary information at the site of the United States Department of Agriculture. There you can search by state to find out all the important details about moving with your pet.

General Reminders when Moving with Pets

Keep your pet's routine as regular as possible during the pre-moving stages and the move itself. If you normally feed, exercise, or play with your pet at certain times, continue to do so. During the final crunch of moving, you may find it is better if your pet stays at a friend's home or kennel. This may help reduce the chances of it getting upset and running away, or hiding in one of the moving boxes, as cats are prone to do.

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