Just as you used very careful planning picking a moving company so must you use the same type of careful planning when moving pets. Almost all U.S. communities have laws regulating pets and licenses; it is best to check with the city clerk at you new location to find out the local ordinances governing your pets. In addition, some states require an Entry Permit which can be verified at the state Department of Agriculture or the state Veterinarian’s Office. Carry the following items with you when moving with a pet:
- Health Certificate: Check early with the state to which you are moving as most require a certificate for dogs and horses. About half of the states require a certificate for cats, birds and other pets. It is best to have a health certificate less than ten days old as some states have this requirement. Also obtain from the veterinarian a copy of your pet’s medical and inoculation records and keep them with your other valuable papers.
- Permit: As stated earlier, some states require an entry permit to move pets into the state. There is usually a fee for this permit and it can be applied for by you or your veterinarian.
- Rabies Tag: Just about all states require your dog or cat to wear a valid tag on the collar which shows the vaccination date against the dreaded rabies disease.
- Identification: Your dog or cat should have an identification tag attached to the collar with you name, new address and telephone number; birds should have the same information attached to a leg band. Recently, a popular means for identifying a pet has become widely used by veterinarians as it is virtually foolproof; I am referring to the microchip that is placed under the skin of a cat or dog or any other pet. If your pet becomes lost and is picked up by an animal shelter, they will easily be able to identify without doubt the pet’s owner. Consult with your veterinarian to obtain the cost and other information.
If moving with your pet seems to be too much of a daunting task, there are service companies that provide professional pet transportation from one point to another. Usually your pet will be transported in a climate controlled van in a crate with regular stops planned along the route. These companies have a nationwide network of veterinarians they work with to provide medical care if needed. This is the part of planning your move well ahead so that your stress is greatly reduced and your move is accomplished smoothly.