Settling in your new home with pets

Last week we discussed moving with pets– primarily the transportation process. This week we have a few tips for you on settling in with your furry friends! It is important to have easy access to information, and to know your new local laws. Here are a few things that should be taken care of.

1. Medical Records: Keep a folder with your pet’s medical records. State laws typically state that all domestic animals (particularly dogs and cats) be up to date with immunizations such as Rabies. If you have a rabies tag, be sure and have it on your pet at all times. You will also most likely be switching veterinarians when you move. It is best to figure out where you will be taking your animals right away. That way, if an accident happens, you know where to go. Having your pet’s previous medical records will help your new vet with treatment and diagnosis.

2. Licenses: Most cities require pets be licensed. This is usually inexpensive, and is helpful for the city if your animal is found somewhere. Check with the city hall if you are unsure about the laws in your new area. You could be fined if your animal is not licensed!

3. Updated Tags: It is extremely important if your pet EVER goes outside, that he or she has a current tag with contact information on it. Some people choose to include their address, others, just a phone number. Whatever you decide to include, be sure it is current, accurate, and the best way to contact you should your pet be found!

These three things may be easy to put on the back burner, but if you take a few minutes to get them sorted out before your move, you will have nothing to worry about when you get to your new home. You and your pets can enjoy and explore the new area!

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