Moving with Pets Simplified
We understand just how much you love your pets. Moving is stressful on pet parents, but causes some unique stresses for our four-legged friends. We have simplified the moving process with a few tips and steps that you can follow to ensure a pleasant move for your pets!
- For starters, if your move isn’t within a reasonable driving distance of your vet, give them a call. You’ll need to get your dog’s records from their office or arrange to have them sent to your new vet. Talk with your veterinarian and ask for a recommendation if you’re moving to a new city. They may have professional acquaintances and may be able to make the job of finding a new vet much easier!
- Reduce environmental stressors for your four-legged friends as you pack. Take it slowly and consider your pet’s emotions as you pack. It may seem like an exciting time for you, but the act of uprooting everything your pet knows can be terrifying for them! Take it slowly and keep your stress levels low throughout the process. This will help your pet to remain calm and know that things are changing, but their relationship with you will remain the same.
- Consider your travel to your new place. It’s best to drive if possible. Your pet can remain close the entire way, and will adapt more quickly. If flying is the only option, give your pet a few familiar items for their journey. By keeping your pet calm during travel, the process will be much easier! Make reservations at hotels along the way, and ensure they have pet-friendly policies.
- Your previous home was presumably a safe place for your pet. Inspect your new home as soon as you arrive for any hazards. If your new home has a fenced in yard, check the fence and gates for any holes or loose boards. Check your yard and home for any chemicals or other safety hazards that may have been left behind.
- Keep your pets confined to one central room in your home when you first arrive. Place familiar items in the room so they can adapt. This will help them to settle in and will also give them a safe place to remain while doors are opened and closed throughout the moving in process. As they adapt to the new spaces, they can then explore other rooms throughout the house.
- Get back into your groove as soon as you can. Take the daily walks at the same time, feed your pets in the same manner, and resume life as normal as soon as possible. Remind your pet that you are still the same friend and that this move is a good thing. Routines are important, and your pet will feel at home more quickly if you keep up the routines you both know.
These tips are a great start to keep in mind before you make your next move. Most importantly, it’s good to keep your pet’s mental health in mind and make things as normal as possible for them during this big transitional period.
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