Safely and Easily Moving Long Distance With Your Pet

Adaeze Nwakaeze Adaeze Nwakaeze · Updated January 16, 2024

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Safe and easy moving long distance with your furry companion.

Is moving long-distance with your pet stressing you out? It doesn’t have to! While there’s no denying that moving could be a hectic experience, it can also be a fantastic opportunity to bond with your pet.

Whether relocating for work or seeking a new adventure, taking your pet along can add extra excitement to the journey. All you have to do is to plan and prepare thoroughly to ensure a smooth and safe ride. 

Important Paperwork for Moving With a Pet

You wouldn’t hit the road without your driver’s license, and your pet shouldn’t embark on a long-distance journey without the necessary paperwork! Before you start packing for your move, here are some of the documents you might need:

#1. Pet Health Certificate

Think of a pet health certificate as your pet’s passport to travel. It’s a document issued by a licensed veterinarian that certifies that your pet is fit to travel and up-to-date on their vaccinations.

While the exact requirements may vary depending on your destination, most airlines and other modes of transportation require a health certificate valid for 10 days. So, remember to schedule a visit to your vet to get this document and ensure that your pet is in tip-top shape!

#2. Rabies Certificate

We all know that rabies is no joke, and most states and countries require proof of rabies vaccination for pets entering their borders. So, have a copy of your pet’s rabies certificate handy to avoid unnecessary delays or headaches. Remember that the certificate’s validity may vary depending on your destination, so double-check the requirements before you hit the road.

#3. Vaccination Record

Your pet’s vaccination record is an essential document proving they’re up-to-date on their shots. This record should include information about all your pet’s vaccinations, including the date, type of vaccine, and administering veterinarian. 

A comprehensive vaccination record is crucial if you’re moving internationally, where some countries may require additional vaccines. It’s also a good idea to vaccinate your pet against any common diseases in the area you’re moving to.

Choosing a Pet-Friendly Mode of Transport

When it comes to long-distance moves with pets, choosing the right mode of transport is important. Here are some of the most popular options:

#1. Road Trip

Nothing beats a good old-fashioned road trip with your furry friend by your side. But before hitting the open road, be sure to plan your route, make frequent pit stops for bathroom breaks and exercise, and pack plenty of snacks and water.

Invest in a well-ventilated carrier or harness that fits your pet’s size and needs to keep your pet secure and comfortable. And remember to bring some of your pet’s favorite toys or blankets to keep them calm and happy on the road.

#2. Flying

If you’re moving long-distance and need to fly, you’ll need to research to find a pet-friendly airline. Many airlines allow pets to travel in the cabin or cargo hold, depending on their size and breed.

Flying with a pet can seem stressful and costly, so plan well. You’ll need to purchase a pet carrier that meets the airline’s specifications.

#3. Professional Moving Services

If you prefer to leave the driving (or flying) to someone else, consider hiring a professional pet relocation service. Many moving companies offer specialized pet transport services with climate-controlled vehicles and experienced handlers. While this option could be pricey, it’s a great choice to ensure your pet’s safety and comfort during the move.

Keeping Your Pet Comfortable During the Move

Moving could be stressful for your pet, so it’s important to pack the right supplies and comfort items to keep them happy and relaxed. Here are two things to keep in mind:

#1. Pet Supplies

Ensure to bring your pet’s essential items, such as food, water, toys, waste bags, cleaning supplies, a first-aid kit and any medications they might need. If you’re flying, you’ll need to ensure that all of these items are approved for travel.

#2. Comfort Items

Bring along your pet’s favorite toys, blankets and bedding to make them feel more at home. Familiar scents can also help calm your pet, so bring an item with your scent, like a T-shirt or pillowcase. And remember to take plenty of breaks for playtime and cuddles!


Moving long-distance with your pet may seem daunting, but with CitizenShipper, it will be a smooth and stress-free experience for you and your furry friend.