If considering a move to North Carolina, there are many things that need to be planned. If you have pets, it is important to not forget about their needs and it is a good idea to formulate a plan to make the move a smooth transition. Below are some tips that can help you to get organized and make your move a calm transition for your furry members of your family.

  • As part of your plan, appoint one person in the family that will be in charge of the pet. This will eliminate any confusion as to who has responsibility and will help for a smoother move.
  • Schedule an appointment with your veterinarian a few weeks before your move for a check up. Be sure to attain your pet's veterinary records so that they can be forwarded to your new veterinarian. Certain localities may have stringent requirements or restrictions regarding pet ownership. You may need permits or registrations.
  • Prep your new home for pets. Pets may be frightened and confused in new surroundings. Choose a room that you can set up for them with all their familiar items such as toys, foods, bedding, etc. Pack these items in a handy spot so they can be unpacked right away.  
  • If you are moving your pets by car be sure to plan for several stops along the way. Pets may find car travel extremely distressing and stopping for fresh air and breaks can help. Don't forget any medications your pet might need as well as a leash.
  • If you are traveling long distance and plan on staying overnight at a hotel, be sure to call in advance to make sure that pets are accepted.
    If you are moving your fish, be sure to check with your local Aquarium or Pet Store ahead of time on the best way to safely transport your fish.
  • If your pets are not micro-chipped be sure to get a new pet ID tag with your new address and contact phone numbers and if they are micro-chipped be sure to update the info with your microchip company.  

Your pets are a part of your family, these tips will make it easier on them (and you!) when moving into your new home!