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How to Move Your Pets

How to Move Your Pets

With all the tasks that you need to complete before moving day, it’s easy to forget about your pet. But if you leave the planning process for your pets until the last minute, you could end up with some unpleasant surprises. The secret to moving with ease is to plan well in advance so you have everything sorted and ready to go – including Fluffy. Here are a few tips on how to move your pets.


For short local trips, you can easily transport your pet by taking them with you in your vehicle. When transporting your pets in your car, make sure to take sufficient supplies with you to have on hand, especially water. You should also have an ID tag for your pet or microchip that includes their name and the destination of your new address in the event that they bolt when you open the car door.

Across the Country

It’s always important to check the rules when moving a pet across Canada as each province will have its own laws and regulations. For example, pit bulls are banned across all of Ontario but are only restricted in certain locations in other provinces.  When travelling long distances, it’s important to put smaller animals in a carrier in the backseat and larger pets in a kennel crate. This will help keep them calm and prevent them from moving around which could distract you when driving.  When moving your pet across the country, it’s also wise to contact your vet before you leave so they can provide you with any medications you may need and also hand over your pet’s records for your new vet.

Across Borders

If you’re planning to move down south or vice versa, you may want to consider flying rather than driving when you have a pet. Not only will this be easier on your pet, but it will also be easier for you. But regardless of the method you choose, you should always check the rules and regulations with the airlines, moving companies, trains or buses as well as the country’s customs department regarding importing your pet. In most cases, you may be required to obtain vaccinations and health certificates from a veterinarian before entry. If you plan to take other animals such as guinea pigs, reptiles, or exotic animals, there may be further procedures and permits required. Some countries also have certain limitations on how many pets you can import. To avoid being refused at the border, it’s essential for you to do some preparatory research and to talk to your Moving Coordinator who can help you get all your paperwork in order.

Ask our Moving Coordinator at First Rate Movers for their recommendation when moving your pet. Our team is highly trained and experienced to provide the professional advice you need to safely transport your furry loved ones from one location to the next.  Contact us today! 

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