If you're like most pet owners, you can't imagine moving without your furry friend by your side. While moving with pets can be a little more complicated than moving without them, if you plan, you can make the process much easier for yourself and your pet. In this blog post, we will discuss the important things to know when moving with pets. We'll provide tips on how to make the move easier for both you and your pet, and we'll also recommend some resources that can help make the process even smoother.

Make a plan

Take the time to make a plan for your pet for moving day, this includes their care on the day of. If you're hiring professional movers, be sure to ask if they are comfortable working around animals. If they're not, you may need to make arrangements for someone else to watch your pet while the movers are in your home.

If you're not hiring professional movers, you'll need to figure out how you will keep your pet safe and out of the way while you're busy packing and moving furniture. The last thing you want to do is to be running around your new neighbourhood searching for your curious, sight-seeing pets. 

Travel Arrangements

Consider when making a plan for moving with pets their travel arrangements. If you're driving to your new home, you'll need to make sure that your pet is comfortable in the car and that they have everything they need for the trip. If you're flying, you'll need to research the airline's policies on transporting pets and make sure that you have all of the required paperwork.

If you are moving into a new country be sure to check the laws around importing your pets, you don’t want to come up against any surprises! 


Consider an overnight kit 

It's a good idea to put together an overnight kit that has all of the essentials like food and water bowls, a few days' worth of food, toys, and any medications that your pet takes. This way, if there are any delays in getting to your new home, you'll be prepared. 

This is also beneficial when you first arrive at your new home. There will undoubtedly be many boxes and if you have a few of your pet’s essentials ready to go you can avoid rummaging through boxes looking for specific items. 

Pet-friendly overnight rentals in Comox Valley 

Want to have a backup option incase you need to stay overnight while waiting to get into your new home? Here are a few locations around Comox Valley that you can get in contact with!


Contact your vet

Before you move, be sure to contact your vet and get copies of your pet's medical records. If you're moving out of the area, you'll also need to find a new vet in your new city. Your current vet may be able to recommend a good one. It's also a good idea to ask for recommendations on boarding facilities or pet sitters in your new area, just in case you need them.

Comox Valley Vets 

Moving to Comox Valley and looking for a new vet? Here’s our list of top vets in the area you can check out:


Settling In

Once you've finally arrived at your new home, it's important to take things slow and let your pet adjust to its new surroundings. Keep their routine the same as much as possible and try not to make too many changes at once. With a little patience and some planning, you and your pet will be settled into your new home in no time!

To help your pet settle in, create a new routine by feeding them at the same time each day and feeding them in the same spot.  Be sure you keep a good eye on them while they are getting to know their new neighbourhood and use treats and toys to encourage them to explore new rooms in the house to ensure they feel comfortable!

Making a plan for your pet's care before moving day will help to ensure that the move goes smoothly for both you and your furry friend. With a little planning and preparation, you can make sure that your pet is safe, comfortable, and happy during the move.

Got questions about your next move? The Bryce Hanson Real Estate Team has the experience and knowledge to make your next move a smooth and easy transaction.  Contact us today to learn more!