Whether it's across town or across the country, moving can be both an exciting and stressful time for you and your family! With the chaos of moving trucks, cardboard boxes and packing tape, you may not realize how these moving parts are affecting your pets. Read on for ways to make the transition as easy and safe as possible for your furry friends.

Before the Move: Familiarize Yourself with Your New Neighborhood

Before packing up your belongings and moving into your new home, familiarize yourself and your pet with the new neighborhood. If possible, try taking a walk around the block to find a good route for you and your pets. Be on the lookout for dogs that are left unattended in their yards or for dog parks nearby.

Before the Move: Prepare an Overnight Bag for Moving Day

With all the moving boxes, it's easy to misplace crucial items for your pet. Be sure to prepare an overnight bag with any items your pet may need on moving day. Items may include: medication, food, treats, a water bowl and toys. By having an overnight bag ready to go, you can take comfort in knowing anything your pet may need is in one convenient location.

Day of the Move: Update Your Pet's Microchip Information

No matter how far your move, make sure your pets are microchipped and registered with HomeAgain® before the big day. If they accidentally slip out during the process, you'll have help from HomeAgain's Pet Recovery Experts and many PetRescuers in your new town. Just be sure to change their collar tag IDs and contact information online to your new home address.

Day of the Move: Pet‐Proofing Your New Home

If you plan to uncrate your pet while you unpack, it is vital that you first pet proof your new home. This can be done as you move from room to room and unpack. Be sure to keep any harmful items, such as electrical cords, tucked away as pets can easily mistake them for toys. Also keep doors and windows closed so pets cannot slip out while you're unpacking.

Day of the Move: Settling In

Moving day can cause anxiety as your pet adjusts to their new environment1. Help guide this transition by introducing them to one room at a time. This will allow them to slowly familiarize themselves with new sounds and smells, making them more comfortable in their new space.