A Quick and Easy Guide to Moving with Pets

Having pets makes buying and selling homes in San Antonio just a little more complicated, but with a bit of planning, you can make the move to your new home a smooth one – for you and for your pet. The important thing is to make sure that your dog, cat, bird or other pet does not feel any kind of stress or pressure because of the move. We explain how in this quick and easy guide to moving with pets.

Ask your current vet for advice and fix an appointment with a new vet

If your pet hates traveling, your vet may suggest medications that can calm it down during and travel. Your vet would tell you about behavior modification techniques that will make traveling less stressful for your pet. If you haven’t micro-chipped your dog or cat as yet, this is the time to do it.

Also, ask your current vet for a recommendation for a new veterinarian in your new area. Perhaps there is someone they might know. Visit the new vet with your dog or cat as early as you can after settling into your new home.

Your new vet will ask for the pet’s medical records. Have you got them in order? Keep the contact number of the nearest animal hospital with you; this can be of great help during an emergency.

Find out about the pet rules in your neighborhood

Make it a point to talk to your HOA about the pet rules in the neighborhood before making the move. Some homeowners’ associations may require pets to be given specific vaccinations and medications. In some cases, such as purchasing a condo, you should check pet rules before making an offer!

Micro-chip the Pet and Update the Address in the Database

It is always better to get your pet micro-chipped. Micro-chipping can be a life-saver especially when you move with your pet to a new location. Dogs and cats sometimes find it hard to adjust to a new place initially and some even wander off, trying to get back to their old haunts. That’s why it is important to update your contact information in the database before the move. If your pet hasn’t been micro-chipped yet, alternatively you can update its identification tags with your new address.

Make It Appear Like Everything’s Normal

It’s important that you shouldn’t get too stressed before the move, because your pet may pick up on it from you and get nervous. Start preparing for the move well in advance so that your pet thinks that it’s normal.

Keep the Pet’s Food, Medication, etc. With You

It is very important that you should keep your pet’s medication, food, bowls, or its favorite toys with you during the move. Your pet would be lost without them, so don’t pack it off with the moving truck.

Prepare the Pet for the Travel

If you’re moving to a new home in San Antonio, your pet will probably travel by car with you. You can prepare it for the trip by taking it on drives around the city. This would help your pet become more comfortable in the car. Also, you may want to invest in a special seat belt for your dog.


Introduce your new neighbors to the pet so that they know what your pet looks like and can inform you if they spot it wandering around. Walk your dog around the new area until he or she becomes familiar with the new environment. Maintain a regular walking schedule for your dog.

Hope the information given here has been useful to you. Do get in touch with us if you have any queries on buying or selling homes in San Antonio.