With how stressful moving is for you, just imagine how stressful it is for your pets. They often get stressed out when there’s unexpected activity in their homes or when they’re introduced to a new environment. This is why moving with pets isn’t an easy task but some tips can help everyone who’s involved.
Prepare an Overnight bag for Your Pets
It’s important to make sure that you have everything you’ll need for your pets all in one place. When moving with pets you should be prepared to not be able to find anything you’ll need for them for at least the first night when you’re in your new home. This means having enough food, litter, toys, and grooming tools. Your goal here is to make sure that your pet will be comfortable for the first few days while you’re busy unpacking in your new home.
Talk to Your vet Before Moving with Pets
It’s important to talk to your vet before you move with your pets. This is especially true if you’ll be moving out of the state. This will enable you to get refills on any prescriptions your pet may be taking. This way you won’t have to worry about it during your move. If you’re moving out of state you’ll also be able to carry their records with you. Sometimes they may even be able to refer you to a new vet.
Keep Your Pet Away From the Action
When moving with pets the best way to reduce their stress is to keep them in as quiet of an area as possible. An even better idea is to kennel them for the day. Whether you place them in an empty room or their kennel in the garage, you’ll want to check on them regularly. Try to keep your normal schedule as this sense of routine amidst all this change will help.
Take Your Pet in Your Vehicle
Place your pet in their kennel or their carrier then move them in the back seat of your car. To make them feel more comfortable during this move, place a blanket over them so they can’t see the changing environment around them.
Wait Until You Arrive to let Your Pet Out
When moving with pets you want to be extra cautious that they don’t get out and get lost. Even if you have a well-behaved, docile pet you don’t want to let them out of their kennel until they’re in their new home. It’ll then take them a few more days to adjust.
Give Your Pets Seclusion
You should move to your house before moving your pet. Try to set up as much of your new home as possible. As your pet slowly adjusts to their new surroundings it’s a good idea to keep them confined to a small section of your new home. Make sure that you give them lots of attention and as soon as possible you should give them the blankets and toys they’re familiar with. Your goal should be to make them feel just at home in their new home as you do.
Update Your Pet’s Information
One thing that oftentimes gets overlooked when you’re moving with pets is their tags and microchip information. This is one of the first things you should make sure that you update because you never know when your pet may turn into an escape artist. You’ll want to make sure they can find their way safely back to their new home when and if this happens.
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