Moving across state lines or even across the ocean to Hawaii can be quite the adventure. Your move can be made much easier with the helpful aid of a moving company, and you can entertain children with video games, movies, and even books. Pets are another issue entirely, and your furry friends may find traveling long distances in a car or on a plane very stressful.

Here are tips for safe travel for the animals in your life so everyone can have a stress-free experience.


Sedatives can relax an anxious pet for healthy transport and, given correctly, can be very safe.

Sedatives can be given to dogs, cats, birds, and other traveling pets under a vet’s supervision. Talk to your vet about the amount of medication your pet will need, how to store it, and what side effects you should look out for after administering it. Since sedatives work to relax your pet’s heart rate and respiration, it can cause dehydration so make sure your animal has plenty of access to water.

To prevent a sedative from wearing off too soon while moving, make sure to administer it in the correct dosage as directed. Always travel with your vet’s emergency number so you can contact them if your pet becomes listless, refuses water, or is difficult to awaken after the sedative is supposed to wear off.


A kennel is the absolute safest way to travel with a pet. You will want to choose a kennel that has enough room for your furry friend to lie down, turn around, and stand up comfortably. Always secure a kennel in your vehicle with a seat belt or strap so it does not slide around in the car. If your pet is an escape artist, then you will want to place locks on the kennel door to prevent accidental escape.

If your pet has never been kenneled before, you will want to get them used to their temporary home weeks before you move. You can do this by moving their bedding, food and water dishes, and toys to their kennel to encourage them to give it a try. This way, being inside a kennel isn’t so much of a shock when you begin your move.


Your pet will need to get an exam and be fully vaccinated prior to your move, especially if you are moving overseas and they will be traveling via plane.

Make an appointment with your veterinarian to have your pet examined for any signs of illness or disease, such as ticks, fleas, or respiratory issues. If you have an older pet, you will want to have blood work done on them to check for signs of organ stress in the kidneys. Keep shot records with you as you travel so you can prove your pet has a clean bill of health as you travel.

It’s best to have your pet vaccinated a few weeks prior to your move. Doing so allows your animal to recover from any potential side effects of their shots or any stress from visiting the vet. If you need certification that your pet has their vaccinations for international travel, having your vet examine your pet in advance gives you time to get the paperwork you need.

You want your move to go as smoothly as possible, and taking care of your furry friends is one way to help that happen. If you have questions about traveling with your pets, the helpful staff at Island Movers will be happy to assist. With the right pet care, your moving adventure can be a tail-wagging good time.