Moving with Pets?

We all love our fur babies and want the best for them. Moving to a new home that is pet friendly is a top priority when looking for a new place to live. For many singles and couples, their pets are their family, their babies. Just like you would consider schools in an area when looking to move your family, you want to ensure that the place you call home next will also be comfortable for your pet.

What amenities might you want to look for to show a pet-friendly place?

Dog runs and parks on the property – The most common problem dog owners have living in apartments relates to exercise. Unlike cats, dogs need to go outside several times a day for exercise and bathroom breaks. The dog run should be a top priority when picking your next place to live, having a convenient place to play and run your dog in your apartment complex.

Dog wash or Pet Spa40% of households in the US have at least one dog. More and more apartment complexes and condominium communities are seeing that pet amenities are an excellent investment in creating a community that is welcoming to pet owners. Having a place to wash off your pet before entering your home after some fun and frolic with others at the dog run is a big incentive for many pet owners.

Pet Concierge Service is an excellent add-on for anyone moving to a new city. The Pet Concierge provides information on such services as Pet Sitters, dog walkers, and local vets. 

Parks and Trails are crucial for pet owners and their own enjoyment. Having a park or hiking trail nearby means you and your pet can exercise together.

Now that you have found the perfect pet-friendly apartment with the help of Uptown Apartment Locators let’s talk about what it means to move with your pet.

  • Before moving day, ensure your pets are fitted with collars and ID tags with your name and cell phone number. Microchipping is also recommended and will be a backup if your pet loses its collar.
  • If your pet is prone to car sickness, visit your veterinarian a few weeks before your move to get any prescribed medications and feeding recommendations.
  • For long-distance moves, identify pet-friendly hotels along your route and reserve rooms ahead of time. For a list of pet-friendly hotels, see https://www.petswelcome.com/or AKC.org.
  • On your moving day, ensure your pets are secured in a crate or closed room of your house or apartment until you load them into your car. The chaos of moving day could be frightening to your pets, so they must be kept in a secure area to reduce their stress as much as possible.
  • Always transport cats, small dogs, and other small animals in a secure, well-ventilated pet carrier. Keep larger dogs always leashed/harnessed and under control. The stress of a move can cause even the most obedient dog to run away. NEVER transport any pet in an open truck bed, a car’s trunk, or a moving van’s storage area.
  • For long-distance moves, make sure you give your pet breaks from the car and fresh water whenever you stop. Make sure pets are leashed at all times during potty breaks.

So there you have it! Moving with a pet does not need to stress you or them out. Just prepare in advance and let Uptown Apartment Locators find you (and them) the best new home.