It’s a well-known fact, moving can be stressful! Coordinating furniture, cars, and people is a big task all on its own, but we can’t forget about our four-legged friends. Moving across Canada with animals can get tricky, whether you have a dog, cat, or maybe something a bit more exotic. Read on for tips from Matco’s Movers on how to conquer your cross Canada move with pets.

Check with the Vet

Before your move, it’s a good idea to make sure your pet is in good health. The stress of moving can take a toll on your pet, and it’s best to ensure they’re in tip-top shape to take on the move. Also, consider changing climates, and ensure you’re prepared to handle the challenges that may entail. When moving across Canada, you’ll consider many different climates and humidity levels, and it’s best to plan ahead to avoid stress and discomfort this may cause for animals.

Does Everyone Have an ID?

Identification isn’t a strictly human issue. In the event of a lost pet (especially in an unknown place) it’s important to have all your pet’s information up to date. This includes making sure their collar tag is linked to an active phone number, and that you have the appropriate documentation should you need proof of ownership. Having your pet microchipped ensures that even if they get separated from their collar while moving across Canada, they’ll still be linked to you.

Create a Travel Kit for Moving Across Canada

Having pets has some distinct similarities to having children, specifically the specialized equipment they often require. Consider this as a diaper bag for your pet, make sure to include things like toys, food, water, feeding bowls, leashes, poop bags, a basic first aid kit, and any important documents. Keeping these important items together in one place will help keep stress low and avoid unnecessary rummaging.

Plan Ahead

Each province across Canada has different licensing and regulatory requirements surrounding pet ownership. Make sure to do your research on what this means, especially if you own exotic animals. Keep your important documents handy thrown the move.

If you’ll be taking your pets on a move across Canada, you’ll need to make sure your accommodations are pet friendly (and remember that dog friendly doesn’t necessarily mean reptile friendly). Prepare your vehicle to be pet-friendly, ensuring you have the proper crating or harness for your furry friends. Plan to take regular stops for pee and exercise breaks, and consider purchasing disposable products like disposable litter boxes to keep things simple and sanitary. Consider also getting your car a mechanical checkup before the move, hopefully avoiding any possible breakdowns.

If your pets are not accustomed to vehicle travel, prepare by taking them on short car rides prior to the move to get them used to travel, and use it as an opportunity to teach them vehicle etiquette (because no one wants their cross country road trip to be accompanied by a hyperactive pet).

If you’ll be flying with your pet cross Canada, consider whether they’ll be with you or flying as freight. Check the regulations of your chosen airline, and plan accordingly. Crating requirements for air travel are very specific, and everything can add up to be quite costly. Ensure you are able to handle any unexpected charges and have a good handle on the regulations surrounding your specific pet and situation.

Are You And Your Pet Looking For Help With Your Upcoming Move?

Matco Moving Solutions can help you with your local, long-distance or international move. We are a full-service moving company that is dedicated to delivering a stress-free and positive moving experience. We have locations in Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton, Yellowknife, Whitehorse and Inuvik and over 55 years of moving experience and expertise.


Contact us today for a free moving quote and to learn how Matco can help when it comes to moving across Canada.