Moving With Fido

Are you going to be moving soon? Changing residences is exciting, but it’s also a lot of work, and can be quite stressful. Moving isn’t easy on dogs, either. Fido won’t really understand what’s going on, and may get uneasy as he notices everything getting packed into boxes. Read on as a Walnut, CA vet discusses moving with dogs.

Changing Vets

If you are moving long distance, ask your current vet if he or she can recommend anyone in your new city. Make sure that Fido is up to date on exams, vaccinations, and parasite control products before you move. Bring copies of your canine buddy’s paperwork with you. You’ll also need to update your furry pal’s ID tags and microchip records.

Plant Check

If your new home has a yard, look for toxic plants and other potential hazards. If you find any dangerous plants, such as foxtails, pull them out by the root and then burn them, so they don’t regrow. Check the ASPCA site for a list of safe and unsafe plants.


Wash Fido’s bedding and toys before the move. It’s always good to have everything nice and clean when moving into a new home!

Moving Day

You may want to consider boarding Fido on moving day. You don’t want him underfoot while your belongings are being loaded and unloaded. Your pooch could also run out an open door into a strange neighborhood. This could be very dangerous! If you’re moving long-distance, consider boarding on the days that movers load your things, and then again when they unload them.

The Trip

Fido should always be crated for travel. It’s safer for both you and him! If you are driving long-distance, stop every few hours to let your furry friend stretch his legs and relieve himself. Carsickness can also be an issue. If your pooch gets queasy, don’t feed him right before you leave. It will also help to keep a window cracked.

Settling In

Take Fido for a long walk before you bring him into your new home. You’ll want to set out some of your pup’s things, like his dishes, bed, and toys, right away. Offer your canine friend a special treat and a new toy to help him feel safe and comfy in the new place.

Please reach out to us, your Walnut, CA vet clinic, anytime. We’re here to help!

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