Youfeel both excited and stressed before a move because you know whatkind of transition lies ahead of you. You know you'll get to explorea new location and meet new people. However, though your pet mightsense a looming transition, it probably won't understand the changeor know how to handle it. After all, your pet doesn't understandwords. It just sees all your belongings vanish into boxes.

Yourpet is one of your family members, so it deserves some extra TLCduring this stressful time. Prepare your furry friend for the move byfollowing the steps below.

1. Schedule a CheckupWith a Veterinarian

Petsfeel a lot more stress during relocations than you do. As a result,your pet has a heightened chance of developing a health problem. Makesure you take your pet to the vet before you travel, if not beforeyou start cleaning and packing. Your vet can then resolve any healthissues before your relocation.

Additionally,depending on the state you move to, you might have to transfer yourpet's health records. Make sure you take care of this extra step. Youmight even want to do this task even if your new state doesn'trequire it, especially if your furry companion has a history ofhealth issues. You'll make it easier for the new vet to keep your pethealthy.

2. Find a Carrier ThatCan Comfortably Accommodate Your Pet

Yourpet shouldn't just fit in the carrier. It should have the ability toeasily turn all the way around, as well as sit up straight.Additionally, your pet should have the ability to move around freelyeven when it has a bed and other comfort items inside.

Onceyou've found your carrier, give your pet time to get used to theenclosure before the move. Place comfort items inside. Comfort itemscan include beds, toys, or other items that hold your scent and yourpet's scent. These items transfer the scent to the carrier and helpyour pet feel more at home. Also, if a pet enters the carrier of itsown free will the first few times, it won't fear the carrier as muchafterward.

3. Find a Pet-FriendlyAirline If You Fly

Notall airlines give you the option to fly your pets along with you. So,before you book your tickets, call or email the airline to see if itoffers pet transportation. Once you've found a company that does,make sure you ask for detailed instructions so you know what itemsand documentation your animal companion needs to fly.

4. Research ConvenientStopping Points Along Your Route If You Drive

Roadtrips often last longer than flights, especially if you move severalstates over. So, before you leave, map out your route and pick a fewplaces to get out and let your pets walk around. Even if you have acat, not a dog, you can still put your cat in a secure harness andlet it stretch its legs.

5. Give Your Pet aQuiet Space During Move-Out and Move-In

Yourpet shouldn't have to sit in its carrier in the middle of moversrushing in and out. The extra activity might make your cat, dog, orother furry companion over-stimulated, and that overstimulation maylead to stress. So, keep your animal friend calm by putting it in aquiet room out of the way during move-in and move-out.

6. Spoil Your Pet WithTreats, Toys, and Comforts During the Move

You'llget a new house and a new adventure. Your pet should associate theexperience with positive things as well, such as added treats, moreaffection, and perhaps some new toys. Make sure you give your furryfamily member more cuddles and playtime during the transition aswell.

Ahappy pet means an easier move. For more tips that'll make your nextrelocation smoother than ever, check out our other blog posts.