Compile a Dog Move Kit to Make Moving Easier for Pooch

Moving can be traumatic for your dog. Imagine being whisked away from your home and set down in a totally new environment without warning. If you throw moving to another state by car into the mix, you’ve got a whole new bag of concerns to deal with. Fortunately, we’ve got you covered for just about any eventuality on the road. Refer to this checklist when compiling your ultimate dog move kit and make the move as pain-free as possible for your four-legged family member.

Dog crate

Anytime you take your pooch on the road with you, you have to be concerned with 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 safely contained and prevent him 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 him than for you, because he’s 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 so he doesn’t run out into oncoming traffic.

Doggie bags

Every conscientious pet owner should bring along plenty of doggie bags to clean up after their dog has taken care of business. Don’t think twice about it; it’s just proper 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 slipups.


Moving dogs can trigger serious stress and can have unwanted consequences, chief of which is a loss of appetite. This can lead to dehydration if that sudden disinterest in food extends to his water intake. Giving Spot something to mellow him out on the long trip to his new home can help keep him calm, relaxed and healthy. Always check with your veterinarian before giving your pet a tranquilizer; some veterinary organizations advise against sedation.

Food and water

Since you can’t just roll up to a drive-through window and grab something tasty for Spot to eat, you’re going to have to bring along an adequate 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 to eat and clean water for him to drink.

Food and water bowls

This is one of the most often overlooked inclusions when putting together a dog move kit. You don’t want to have to feed your dog by hand, do you? Bring along his regular food and water dishes. These can also comfort him while in a strange place far from home.

Treats and toys

You wouldn’t think of hitting the open road without packing yourself some munchies. Don’t leave Spot out of the equation. Pack enough treats to last him the entire way. While you’re at it, bring along a couple of his favorite toys so he’ll have something fun with which to occupy himself.

Dog sweater and booties

Is it cold where you’re headed? If you’re picking up and moving to a place with a drastically different temperature, bring along a dog sweater and booties. Booties will help keep his foot pads safe from ice and sharp objects.

Vet 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 his up-to-date vet records with you. This way, if you have to swing by an animal ER someplace you’ve never been, 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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