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Moving With Pets

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Here at the Sold By Sisler Team, we love pets, and from time to time our clients ask us, “Do you have any advice how to make moving with our pets easier on them and our family?”  By following these simple steps, you will make your move smoother for your favorite feline or canine companion and your family.

General Tips

  • Request and maintain a copy of your pet’s medical history. Contact your veterinarian if your copy is out of date. Insure all shots are current.
  • When relocating to your new  Maryland, Northern Virginia or D.C. home, take along a copy of the health certificate and a rabies vaccination certificate. The health certificate should be signed by your veterinarian and indicate that your pet is in good condition.
  • Contact the state veterinarian or State Department of Animal Husbandry for laws on the entry of animals if you are transporting your pet across state lines. Check with the state you will be moving to see if your pet is required to have up-to-date rabies vaccinations before you enter that state.
  • Changes in your pet’s routine may cause your pet to become stressed. Pay close attention to your pet during the move. The stress they endure may cause your pet to become irritable or possibly run off. Consider boarding your pet during the most hectic days of your move.
  • Make certain your pet is wearing proper identification and any required rabies license tags.
  • After the move, give your pet time to adjust to their new home and surroundings. Don't let them roam freely until they learn where "home" is now.
  • If you pet has an identification chip implant, remember to update your contact information on the chip.

Just For Fido


  • If practical, try to ease your dog into their new environment. For short distance moves, you may consider taking your dog with you for visits to the new home prior to your move. Allow your dog to explore (smell) their new home.
  • When practical, take your dog for walks to get acquainted with its new home and neighborhood. Introduce your dog to people who may come in contact with your animal on a regular basis. Regular visitors to your home include the mail carrier and other service providers who will come to your home should be introduced to your dog.
  • Moving from a high-density community/neighborhood to a low density, (or the reverse), may mean a transition in housebreaking routine. The suburban dog will find that city living means learning to relieve itself on the pavement rather than grass. For high-density situations, don't forget the pooper-scooper. A city-bred dog must become accustomed to using designated areas in the suburbs. Be sure you place your dog on a fairly rigid schedule just as you would a puppy.

Just For Garfield

  • Introduce your cat to its new home one room at a time. For the first few days, restrict the movement of your cat to one room. Be sure you surround it with familiar objects: feeding and water bowls, toys, bed or blanket, and litter box (placed away from feeding bowls). Gradually introduce it to other rooms. As your cat becomes acclimated to its new surroundings, gradually move the feeding dishes and litter box to their permanent locations.
  • Be aware of the impact of a move on your cat if it has been an outdoor pet in the country and moves to a city environment, keeping it a strictly indoor cat is recommended. Hazards can have life-threatening consequences if you move to the city with traffic and elevators (if you're in a high-rise). Make certain that all windows have secure screens to prevent your cat from falling.
  • Conversely, city cats are accustomed to being indoors. Proceed with caution if you allow the cat to go outside in a suburban setting. Indoor cats are not used to traffic or to other animals. Presented with the opportunity to run away – some cats have been known to travel incredible distances to return to their former home.

If your family will follow these moving tips for your pet, they will behave better, kept safe and come through the move with minimal exposure to stress. If you have a question about local leash laws or need a local veterinarian, contact us at the Sold By Sisler Team. We would be happy to suggest several trusted vets in our area.

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