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Moving can be traumatic for your dog, as you cannot explain to them they are going  a strange new home. If you throw moving to another state by car into the mix, you’ve got a whole new bag of concerns to deal with. 

Here is a checklist to help when compiling your ultimate dog move kit to help make the move as pain-free as possible for your four-legged family member.

Dog crate

Anytime you take your four-legged best friend on the road with you, you have to be concerned with her/his safety. If you don’t already have a crate big enough for your dog to stand up and lie down in comfortably, get one before you hit the road. This will keep him/her safely contained and prevent him/her  from getting into mischief.

Leash and collar

You like to get out and stretch your legs on long drives, and so does your dog. In fact, it may be more necessary for your pooch  than for you, because he/she has already enduring enough stress without knowing what’s going on. When you take your dog out for pit stops, use the appropriate leash and collar to ensure she/he doesn't run out into oncoming traffic.

Food and water

Since you can’t just roll up to a fast food drive-through window and grab something tasty for Fido to eat, you’re going to have to take along a good supply of food and water. Dehydration is a major concern with dogs and one you have to guard against to prevent medical emergencies. Be sure to pack enough food for him/her to eat and plenty of clean water  to drink.

Food and water bowls

This is one of the most often overlooked inclusions when putting together a dog move kit. Take along their regular food and water dishes. These can also comfort your dog while in a strange place far from home.

Treats and toys

As you wouldn’t think of hitting the open road without packing yourself some munchies and beverages then don't leave your four-legged family member out of the equation. Pack enough treats and water to last  the entire way, plus some in case of delays. While you’re at it, bring along a couple of  favorite toys so she/he will have something fun to occupy him/her during the journey.

Doggie bags

Every conscientious pet owner should take along plenty of doggie bags to clean up after their dog has taken care of 'business'. - this is good health and safety practice as well as good dog owner etiquette.

Dog wipes

Even the most well-trained and housebroken pup can have the occasional accident, especially when on the road for an extended period of time. Keep a supply of dog wipes handy during your move to deal with any unexpected 'accidents'.

Dog sweater/jacket and perhaps even some booties

Is it cold where you’re headed? If you’re moving to a place with a drastically different temperature, or has a lot of snow or ice then you may want to take a dog sweater/jacket and booties. Booties will help keep your dog's foot pads safe from ice and sharp objects.


Moving dogs can trigger serious stress and which can have serious consequences for your dog the chief of which is a loss of appetite. This can lead to dehydration if that sudden disinterest in food extends to your dog's water intake. Giving your dog something to mellow him/her out on the long trip to his/her new home can help keep your dog calm, relaxed and healthy. Always check with your veterinarian before giving your pet a tranquilizer; there are some veterinary organizations who advise against sedation, but each dog and situation is unique, but whatever the case take professional advice.

Veterinary records and contact info

Hopefully you’ll never need these during your move. But in the event that something happens and your dog falls ill while you’re en route to your new home, you’ll want to have all of up-to-date veterinary  records with you. So if you do have to stop off at an animal ER someplace en route or even on arrival in your new home you’ll be able to provide this information to the veterinarian. Keep your current veterinarian’s contact information handy as well, just in case you have questions.

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