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Moving to Utah with Pets

Uinta Moving cannot move your pets for you but that does not mean they are any less important in the moving process. Here are five things to consider when moving long distances with animals.

#1 Prepare Your vehicle and Your Pet for the Move

Prepare a comfortable place in your vehicle for them to relax. This might be in a carrier or in a secure cargo area. To keep your animals safe and comfortable in your vehicle, be sure to provide a back seat or cargo area in the back of the vehicle where a pet carrier can be secured. You may also consider a pet barrier to separate their space in the back, from your space in the front of the vehicle. Since your pet will be along for the ride, make sure to include soft bedding and chew toys to keep them occupied. Pack extra water and food in the vehicle with you so that you have access to pet food along the way, and when you arrive at your new home.

#2 Pre-plan Stops During Your Move Across the Country

Plan a route of stops along the way.  Traveling long distances with pets means stops along the way for not only you, but your pet as well. Pre-plan a route ahead of time with stops along the way where your pet can play, run, eat, drink, and use the bathroom. Many truck stops also have areas specifically for pets. If this type of stop is not available, look for dog parks along your route.  Much-needed breaks will keep everyone happy along the way.

#3 Find a New Veterinarian Near Your New Home

When you move to a new area there are always several “firsts”. One of those is your pets first visit to a new veterinarian. Planning ahead of time means there is one less item on your to-do list when you arrive. Research new veterinary offices in the area, ahead of time.  Once you have chosen a new office, arrange to have your pet’s records transferred before you leave your old home.  Another update to complete is your address on your pets microchip, if they have one.  When you move a pet to a new home, a new neighborhood and a new yard can be a the perfect set up for your furry friend to get lost.

#4 Familiarize Your Pet with Your New Home

Once you’ve arrived at your new home, introduce your pet to the new space by letting them explore each room.  Also, make sure to secure the property if you plan to keep your pet outside during any part of the day. Moving to a new area can make anyone nervous, including man’s best friend.  Secure the property to prevent Fido from pulling a disappearing act while he’s adjusting to new surroundings.

#5 Moving is an Opportunity to Make New Friends

Moving to a new area can be especially challenging when you are unfamiliar with the area and do not know many people.  Search for dog parks nearby and use your dog as an excuse to meet new neighbors. Dogs are usually social by nature, which provides great opportunities to introduce yourself to new friends and learn more about the new area you call home.  Discover dog parks, dog friendly events, obedience classes, and dog friendly events, and walking and hiking trails to help you get out and about in your new area.


Moving with a pet means planning ahead and packing your patience but it can be done and it’s always worth it to have your furry family member make the journey to a new home with you.


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