Washington DC Movers

Washington DC MoversAbout half of the individuals and families that Suburban Solutions provides moving services to has at least one pet. Our Washington DC movers have scratched the heads of dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters, iguanas, and even said ‘hello’ to a few talking parrots. If you’re moving, and you have pets, our team has put together a list of our top tips for moving with pets. If you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to call Suburban Solutions and learn why we are often the first choice among residents for Washington DC movers.

I’m moving with my pet, are there any tips you can give me?

1. Talk with your veterinarian.  Before you move long distance or out of state with your pet, it may be a good idea to talk with your vet first. Make sure your pet is healthy enough to travel and has all his/her vaccinations. Be sure to get a copy of their medical records and confirm your pet can travel to the state without any special permits or quarantine. For example, Hawaii has strict regulations about importing a pet. As experienced Washington DC movers, we are aware that some states have strict regulations about other items as well.

2. Familiarize your pet with a crate. If you’re traveling by car you might want to familiarize your pet with the vehicle. Take him or her on short trips and monitor whether or not car sickness might be a problem. If you’re placing your pet in a crate, be sure to get him or her used to it so they don’t panic once inside. You might want to put a blanket or toy inside the crate to make them comfortable. When it comes to your belongings, choose Suburban Solutions as your Washington DC movers.

3. Microchip your pet and get a current ID tag for them. In case your pet gets lost, you should consider purchasing an ID tag for their collar. This should have your contact details including a phone and email that enables someone to contact you even in the midst of the move. A microchip is an additional option but a special reader must be used in order to detect and read it.

4. Pack a pet box. When you’re moving with a pet, pack up a special box that contains food, food bowls, bedding, medication, doggy bags, a scoop, and so forth.  Some of our clients have also packed a new brand of food just in case their dog became ill while travelling. Suburban Solutions can move your remaining pet items such as scratching posts, additional litter boxes, etc. Our Washington DC movers can even box them up for you for your convenience.

5. Look for pet friendly lodging. If you’re moving long distance, you might need to plan for an overnight stop. Animal friendly accommodation is not always easy to find. Plan and book well in advance to ensure you don’t run into any problems while on the road.

6. Prepare the animal’s crate. If your pet will be flying to the new location, you’ll need to prepare his or her crate for the flight. Create and laminate flyers that say “Live Animal” and have arrows pointing in the upright position. This flyer should also contain a picture of your pet, your contact details, the flight number, destination, any special needs, and other necessary information. Make sure the crate door is closed, but not locked. Let the airline know about your pet and confirm whether or not they will be able to feed and water it. Check with them to learn what documentation you’ll need, including the animal’s current health certificate.

Are You Ready to Begin the Moving Process?

Whether you are moving to a new home nearby or out of state, you can rely on Suburban Solutions to get your belongings from Point A to Point B. To discuss your moving needs, call us without delay. We are the Washington DC movers that pet owners as well as non-pet owners choose to move their precious belongings.