Pets, either you’re a pet lover or you’re not. It takes a lot to allow wild animals free roam of our homes, and for many of us, pets become our families.

First and foremost, if you are planning for Long Distance Moving, please know that a professional mover will not be able to move your pets. Moving living animals in a moving van would be a violation of DOT regulations, and a huge liability for your mover.

While there are a few services that will fly your pet to your new location, however, I know that I would never leave my kitten in the hands of strangers, so I would have to drive to my new location with my pets. It is important to have a comfortable pet carrier for your small animals, so that they may ride with as little stress as possible. Dogs are often better in the car than cats. Most cats will have a panic attack, and I can tell you from personal experience, they can cry and scream as long as the vehicle is in motion. Before you attempt a long journey with your fur babies, try a few test runs to see how your pet will react. If you have a panic prone pet, speak with your vet about mild sedative options to keep your pets calm during your Long Distance Moving and Storage experience.

Be prepared, a car ride can be very traumatic for your four pawed friends, get them acclimated to being in the car over time, and if driving a long distance, be sure to stop for food, water and bathroom breaks every few hours.

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