How to Pack Your Moving Day Dog Kit
As silly as it sounds, moving is tough on your four-legged friends. Moving to a new home entails a serious change of pace – they’ll have to leave behind all the t-bones they hid in your old backyard, adjust to a new morning walk, and most important of all, find a new favorite tree or shrub a few doors down.
While slipping your dog a few extra dog treats on moving day should help ease their transition, prepping an awesome moving day dog kit is the best way for you to help out. A few weeks before you move, start to gather everything you’ll need for your moving pet kit.
Even if your dog’s normally allowed to sit in the backseat of your Jeep, you’ll want to stick him in the crate on moving day for safety purposes. The last thing you’ll want is Buddy jumping out of the car or escaping out the back door.
COLLAR AND LEASH
This one sounds like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised how many times we’ve heard that owners will accidentally slip their dog’s collar and leash into a moving box. Also, make sure that their new license and rabies tags are already attached to their collar on moving day.
FOOD THEY NORMALLY EAT
Set aside a few bags of food that your dog normally eats to bring with you on moving day – mixing it up could spell digestive disaster. Stick with what he’s used to eating, and make sure to bring plenty of water.
A FEW BOTTLES OF WATER
In case you lose your water bottle or some water spills en route, don’t forget to pack plenty of water and extra bowls.
DOGGY PILLOWS AND BLANKETS
Chances are that your dog will be locked in his crate for the better part of moving day – make sure he’s nice and comfortable by throwing in a few doggy blankets or pillows.
A CLEAR PHOTO OF YOUR PET
Let’s just say we’ve heard our fair share of moving day pet horror stories, like the time one mover’s pet escaped out the back door and fell through the ice on a frozen pond. In the event that your dog jumps out of the car or escapes out the back door, keep a clear photo of your dog on hand in case he gets lost.
TREATS AND TOYS
Keep your pup nice and busy on move-in day with any number of his favorite toys – a pig’s ear, a toy filled with peanut butter, a t-bone, or their favorite squeaky toy.
MEDS FOR MOTION SICKNESS
Cleaning up dog vomit on moving day probably tops your list of moving day chores you don’t want to deal with. If your dog is prone to getting sick in the car, ask your vet for a list of medications to help them get through the ride to your new place.
PLASTIC BAGS AND WET WIPES
Even if your dog is house-trained, don’t underestimate how a new place and a little moving day excitement may throw your pet out of whack. In the event that your dog leaves a “little surprise” in your new living room, come prepared with all the pick-up materials you’ll need.
Arrange a pre-move appointment with your dog’s current vet to obtain their records and fill any medications they’ll need to tide them over for the next couple of weeks.
A NEW LICENSE
Your dog will need a new license that lists your new address and your telephone number. Check in with your town hall to confirm how to obtain a new tag.
Keep Buddy’s brush, doggy shampoo, and any other grooming items close at hand in case Buddy decides to “explore” (read: wreak havoc) on the new backyard.
Between coordinating with the movers, taking care of the kids, and packing up a house’s worth of furniture, it’s easy to forget about our furry friends. A few weeks before you move, start to assemble what you can for your dog’s moving kit. And don’t forget to throw in a few extra dog treats – they’ll deserve it!