Changing Territory

Just like other members of the family, your dog will have adjustments to make when relocating, but good planning can help you minimize your pet's trauma. Here are some tips for smoothing the transition:

Before

  • Check your new locale's ordinances on dog ownership.
  • Make sure your dog is up to date on shots and ask your veterinarian about sedating your dog during the trip. Get a copy of veterinary records.
  • Feed your dog 4-6 hours before departure.
  • Take a short walk shortly before leaving.
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During

  • Carry proof of vaccination.
  • Tag your dog with moving information, including a phone number to call if the dog is found.
  • Pack some of your dog's favorite toys and treats, but feed sparingly while traveling to avoid motion sickness.
  • Bring drinking water from your old home to avoid an upset tummy.
  • Use a pet carrier in the car, and a leash on stops.
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After

  • Unpack your dog's bowls and food right away; put them in rooms that correspond to those in your old home.
  • Check with local government on any licensing requirements.
  • Make an appointment with a new veterinarian for an introduction and assessment.
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