Military wife Lisa has moved 17 times, often with her husband away and with three children in tow. Her grandfather started the family removal business with just a horse and cart. In fact, she was almost born in a removal lorry.

Her unique insight led to the creation of her award-winning step-by-step guide, Help for Movers, so we asked her for some top tips on how to move with pets…

Preparation is key – on moving day, consider asking friends or family to look after your pets. If this isn’t possible, try to keep pets separate in a room with their water, beds, toys and litter box. Let the removal team know so they don’t disturb them.

Take breaks – if you have a long journey, plan regular stops and feeding/ drinking times.

Leaving your quarter – remember that when you move out of your Service Family Accommodation, it’s your responsibility to ensure it’s free of any infestation. Any damage, including to the garden, needs to be made good. Keep proof of any cleaning or pesticide treatment.

Going overseas – rules vary depending on where you’re going. See for guidance and your vets will be
able to provide advice. Make sure you allow time for all the necessary checks, inoculations and paperwork, particularly now new rules are in place for travelling to the EU and Northern Ireland after Brexit.

Moving in – your pet will no doubt need help settling into its new home. Cats will need to be kept indoors at first to allow them to adjust.

New surroundings – make sure your pet’s microchip details are up-to-date. Join local Facebook groups to get recommendations on vets and local walks etc.

Read army families’ pet stories on page 18 of this spring’s Army&You or click here.

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