Tips for moving with your pets

In order to ensure that your pet comes along with you and their arrival is not delayed in the new country, the timing of your move and the related arrangements should start early.
Relocating internationally is a big decision and requires a lot of preparation, forethought and planning. Moving with pets internationally is not nearly as easy as moving with them domestically. It’s important to plan ahead to minimise their stress and discomfort as pets are sensitive to changes. 

Plan ahead

  • Purchase a pet ID tag with your new address and telephone number and put them on right before the move. If your pet gets lost during the move, they can be located. 
  • Consider a pet microchip. Already chipped? Update the tags so they reflect your new address and make sure to notify the microchip manufacturer.
  • Find a veterinarian at your new location. If your pet gets ill, you’ll be prepared if the need arises. They will also be able to inform you any health requirements as mandated by the country you are moving to.
  • Get all the documents in order especially the one’s pertaining to your pet’s vaccination.
  • The process of moving with your pets internationally can be a long drawn one and, in some instances, like with Japan, can be as long as six months. In order to ensure that your pet comes along with you and their arrival is not delayed in the new country, the timing of your move and the related arrangements should start early.

Prepare your pet

  • Maintain a normal routine and stay on the same feeding and walking schedule before and after the move.
  • Help nervous pets become more at ease. Prior to the move, put moving boxes inside in plain sight; move them around so the sound becomes familiar.
  • A few weeks before the move, gradually re-familiarize them to their carrier/crate by putting it in the open with a couple of their toys inside, then put in a treat a day or so later and eventually place their meals inside the open carrier. Soon they’ll eat their meals in the carrier with the door shut. Small pets can be carried around in the carrier or taken for a short drive. Reward your pet with treats and playtime afterward.

On moving day

  • Either leave your pet with a friend, sitter or boarding facility, or keep them in a quiet room with soft music playing and the door shut.  Bring in their favourite blanket and toys and fresh water and put a sign on the door so your pet isn’t accidentally let out.
  • Some movers prefer to not have pets around during packing due to liability reasons, so check with them beforehand.

Settling-in to your new place

  • The new environment will be new to your pet so gradually introduce your pet to each room, encouraging him to explore and reassuring them. Initially, your pet will want to stay close to the family. Don’t close them away in a room by themselves; this can cause an anxious pet.
  • Place bed, toys, food and water in similar spots at your new home as in your previous home. If the food dishes were by the kitchen door before, place them there in your new home.
  • If you're new home has steps, but your previous home didn’t, help your pet learn by putting the leash on and gently guiding him/her one step at a time. Reward your pet with plenty of praise. Your pet will gain confidence on the steps and will love his new home.
  • Your pet may develop anxiety or fear of their new surroundings. Be patient, give them some time to adjust and use positive reinforcement to help them adjust to their new home.
As a Crown customer, rest assured that your pet’s relocation will be managed by caring, knowledgeable and compassionate handlers. With a network of pet transfer specialists, Crown guides you through all registrations, special travel requirements and medical regulations. You can feel confident that your pet will enjoy a safe and successful relocation.