Moving is tough. Moving with pets is even tougher. They are so much a part of your family, but movers, hotel personnel, and airline staff may not share your affection. Caring for pets properly during a move isn't overly complicated, but it does take lots of planning.
Here are 9 crucial things to do in order to ensure a successful move with your pet
. The list covers everything from how to make arrangements with airlines, to managing the transfer of vet records. You'll also want to map out driving routes, and note the places where you can stop for food and exercise. Having this worked out ahead of time will make sure that your pet gets what he needs but will also take a load of stress off of you.
Don't forget to spoil your pet a little during this time. Transitions are hard for the best of us, imagine going through all of that without really understanding what's going on or what to expect next. When you get to the new home, let your pet explore their new surroundings. Take the time to play together in the new space, but make sure you have current ID tags in case they try to venture home to your old house without you.
If you're planning renovations on your new home, we've got tips for that too. Check out Taking care of pets during home improvement projects