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Blog July 8, 2021

Moving With Dog? Top Tips to Make It Easier

Posted in Moving Day Tips
Jane Davis

Apart from being a freelance writer and moving expert, Jane is also an art and museum lover.

Are you planning on moving with a dog? You should know that the task ahead of you is not an easy one. Moving to another state is a complex process that requires a lot of time and effort. There are so many things you need to think about and so many items to cross off your checklist, from preparations to buying all the necessary supplies, to packing, and so on. If you are moving with your dog, things get even more complicated – you have a whole other living being to think about. That is why we at East Coast West Coast Movers have prepared some useful tips for you. Simply follow the advice below and we’re sure the upcoming relocation will be a breeze both for you and your beloved pet.

Moving is as stressful for dogs, so make sure you don’t neglect your favorite pet

Pay Attention to Your Pet During the Relocation

If moving is stressful for people, you can only imagine how our pets feel. Your dog doesn’t understand what’s going on and why his home is being packed up. So it is understandable that they will be a little anxious during the days leading up to the relocation. Your dog will need your attention and reassurance that everything is alright – so don’t neglect them.

Pre-relocation Vet Visit

Before you move, take your pet to the vet for a general checkup. You should also let your vet know you are moving and ask for all the medical records which you will, later on, give to your new vet.

Packing for Your Dog

While packing, you should set aside a bag of necessities you will need for the moving day itself, as well as the first few days in your new home until you finish unpacking. Aside from the things you will need, this bag should also contain the things your dog will need. This includes:


  • Food. It’s best if you pack dry food, as it is less likely to spill while in the bag.
  • Water. Make sure you have enough water to keep your dog hydrated during the journey.
  • Your dog’s blanket and their favorite toy. These items will help keep your dog calm.
  • Medication. If your dog is taking any medication, make sure you bring it with you.
dog Don’t forget your dogs belonging; it has its own stuff too

Find a Pet-sitter for the Moving Day

On the move-out day, there will be movers walking in and out of your home, carrying heavy boxes and furniture. This is not a safe environment for a dog, especially if they are not used to strangers. So, arrange for a pet-sitter – preferably someone your dog already knows, to take care of your four-legged friend while you move.

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Update Your Pet’s Information

Once you move, don’t forget to update your pet’s information. For example, you might want to get your dog a new tag with the new address or change the data on their microchip. 

Find a New Vet

Don’t wait until the last moment to find the right vet for your dog. Begin your research early on to make sure you have enough time to get the best one out there. Ask your friends and colleagues, look up reviews, and make sure you find your dog a vet they deserve. 

Keep Things Familiar

As much as possible, keep the things around your dog familiar to them. For example, you might be thinking about washing their favorite blanket before moving. While this might seem like a reasonable idea, it could make your dog even more anxious as the familiar smell of the blanket will be gone. In addition, give it your best not to switch up their daily routine too much. Take them out for walks at the same time and feed them at the same time. 

dog A new vet is very important, so make sure you find the right one when you move in

Moving FAQ

Is your relocation approaching? Then you should start thinking about hiring a professional moving company to help you out. That’s what we are here for! In order to help you understand our moving services better, we have put together this shortlist of some of the most common questions we get asked.

How Much Does the Moving Cost?

There isn’t a fixed price for the moving services provided by East Coast West Coast Movers. It depends on a number of different factors, such as the distance between the pickup and delivery locations, the amount and type of belongings you are moving, the services you choose to receive, and even the time of the year. If you would like to find out what the relocation is going to cost you, feel free to request a moving price estimate.

How do I Request a Moving Price Estimate?

Requesting a moving price estimate from East Coast West Coast is a piece of cake. All you have to do is go to our website and fill out the form you’ll find there, and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible with your quote. Of course, you can always simply give us a call, and one of our customer support agents will be more than happy to provide you with an estimate.

Is There Anything I Shouldn’t Take with Me?

Yes. No reputable moving company will agree to ship any sort of illegal or dangerous substances such as drugs or flammables. In addition, you shouldn’t let movers transport your weapons, and it is best that you leave perishable foods behind. Find out which other items cannot be moved by professional movers. 

What Does the Moving Process Actually Look Like?

In short, once you schedule your moving date, our relocation experts will come to your home to take care of packing. If you didn’t opt for our packing services, you would have to do the packing. They will then load all your belongings onto our moving truck and transport them to your new home. During the whole drive, you will receive updates concerning the location of your shipment. Once your belongings have been delivered, our experts will unload and unpack them. During this time, the transport of your car will also take place. Throughout the whole process, you can kick back and relax while our experts do all the heavy lifting.

Ready to move with your pet? Then give us a call and we’ll take care of all the hard work for you! Our customer service representatives will happily answer any additional questions you might have. We are looking forward to hearing from you.

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