Dog sitting next to a box with pet toys in it

Moving is stressful enough on you, but what about your pets? Moving with your animals can add a whole new layer of planning and executing your relocation, which means you need to know how best to go through the process safely, efficiently, and with minimal stress on both you and your pets.

The good news? You’re not alone in this! Since 1969, Brouwer Relocation has been handling relocations of all sizes and scopes, so we know how best to get you from point A to point B no matter what (or who) you’re bringing with you! 

That’s why we’re here with some top tips on moving with your pets that you can take with you as you begin planning the big move:

  • Find a Local Sitter for Shorter Moves
  • Keep Toys & Treats Handy
  • Properly Prepare for Long-Distance Moves
  • Find a New Veterinarian
  • Know the Regulations for Your Animal
  • Securely Pack Pet Habitats or Cages
  • Consider Using a Pet Shipping Company 

Find a Sitter for Local Moves

If you’re moving locally, making the transition with pets will be much simpler and more straightforward. In fact, you can completely remove your pet from the equation on moving day by finding a local sitter. This will be less stressful on you and the animal!

Keep Your Pet’s Favorite Toy & Treats Handy

Most animals will get stressed out with any form of change, and moving is bound to make the cut. To combat any uneasiness, make sure they have their favorite toys and treats nearby on moving day. 

Be Prepared for Long-Distance Travel

Long-distance moves can be a bit more complicated when it comes to keeping your pets safe and comfortable. Before you go, be sure you have everything you need for them in a convenient space, so you can easily reach everything for the duration of the journey.

Find Your New Veterinarian in Advance

If you’re moving a significant distance, it’ll be time for you to find your new normal for everything—grocery store, pharmacy, doctor’s office… The list goes on! If you have a pet, it means finding a new vet, too. Before you begin your move, do your research, and find a reliable vet, so you can be prepared for any unexpected emergencies. 

Check Local & International Regulations Regarding Pets & Exotic Animals

If you have an exotic pet and are moving to another state, double check the state regulatory website to see if there restrictions or registration requirements for your animal. Different regions may have different rules in place. It’s in your best interest to do this for regular pets, too. 

Moreover, this is especially important for international moves as you will probably have even less knowledge about local regulations regarding pets and exotic animals. Plus, many countries have rules when it comes to transporting animals into their country.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has some helpful information on taking pets from the United States to another country to get you started. 

Properly Pack Aquariums, Terrariums, Habitats & Cages

If your pets have their own home that also needs to be relocated, be sure to take the time to pack them in a secure manner. This is especially important for more fragile items like fish tanks or terrariums. 

If you’re not confident in doing this on your own, ask a local moving company about padding and crating options, particularly for larger items. 

Consider a Pet Shipping Company

Depending on the scope and specific details of your long-distance relocation, you may decide to have a trusted third party move your pets for you. There are many reliable pet shipping companies out there that can make even the most complex moving situations a breeze. 

Not sure where to start? The International Pet and Animal Transportation Association is a great resource to use to find a pet shipping specialist!

Get in Touch with Our Local Midwest Movers to Learn More Today!

At Brouwer Relocation, we believe every move should be a breeze. That’s why we are proud to offer full-service moving care to our clients throughout South Dakota, Indiana, and Minnesota. As BBB-accredited and A+ rating residential movers and an agent for Atlas Van Lines, we are confident we can get you, your belongings, and your pets where you need to go in no time! 

Our nationwide moving team offers customizable moving plans, so you can pick and choose what services you need: 

  • Complimentary Appointments & Estimates
  • Full-Service Packing & Unpacking
  • Partial-Packing & Custom Crating Services
  • Short- and Long-Term Storage Capabilities
  • Furniture Disassembly/Assembly

... and so much more!

Give us a call to chat with our team about your upcoming move, or simply fill out our online form to schedule a free in-home appointment today!