Moving is stressful for anyone, including the family pet. Whether it's a dog, cat, bird, or any other type pet, preplanning is extremely important when it comes to moving a pet. Pets can become nervous when faced with an unfamiliar situation. The better prepared you are, the more comfortable your pet will be.
From your pets viewpoint there's nothing more annoying than being yanked from familiar territory - that has already been marked and suddenly placed in new surroundings and a new home. Most pets would probably rank moving right up there with baths and visits to the vet. A suggestion for dogs if you are moving a short distance, take them to the new home prior to the day of the move. Let your dog walk the perimeter and yard so they can do a little marking that will help them claim the place as their home.
Remember to get a copy of health records from the veterinarian. This information needs to be passed on to the veterinarian at the new location to ensure continued good health.
Get a current Health Certificate. Most states require one for dogs. Many states will require one for cats and birds. The Health Certificate must be issued by a licensed veterinarian and must be accompanied by an inoculations record.
Make sure they have proper identification. The identification should be secured to his or her collar (birds are identified by leg bands). ID tags should include pet's name, your name and destination address. Most states also require dogs and cats to have a rabies tag on their collars.
Check for local pet ordinances. "Leash Laws" are becoming more common, as a result many cities now have Dog Parks for off leash romps. Licensing may be another requirement, pet taxes are charged in many cities, or there could be ordinances on the number of pets you can have.
If you have an unusual or exotic pet make sure they are allowed where you are moving. Some neighborhoods have restrictive covenants that dictate what types of pets are allowed.