Moving with pets can be tricky. Some animals don’t have a problem with uprooting their living conditions, while others may be scared of the movers shuffling boxes in and out of the house all day causing them to be fussy and irritable. Creating a pleasant environment on moving day for your pets will make this transition as easy as possible for them. Here are some tips:

  • Never move a sick pet – the move may aggravate the symptoms and this may be dangerous to your pet’s health.

  • Puppies and kittens less than eight weeks old — whether accompanied or unaccompanied — cannot be transported by air as per the Animal Welfare Act.

  • Pets cannot be moved on a moving van with your household belongings. If you want to have your pets moved by professionals, you should seek out reputable pet movers or pet moving companies. These companies specialize in handling your pet and can help ensure that they arrive safely and securely to your new home at the designed time.

  • Pets are generally not allowed on trains or buses except seeing-eye dogs accompanying blind individuals.

  • Book a direct flight if you are traveling by plane. If your pet is traveling in freight, he may be sitting outside for a long period of time in between flights and as the freight is being moved from plane to plane. If the weather is either too hot or too cold your pet may suffer. An insulated crate will certainly help this situation if it cannot be avoided.

  • It is important that you plan ahead to accommodate your family pets. You may have limitations in the types of transportation that you can use. It may make sense to use professional pet movers if your other options don't seem practical.