Moving With Pets – Tips For Success
Moving is just plain stressful and that’s for humans who know exactly what’s happening. Think about how stressful it is for your pet who has no clue why life is changing. While it’s impossible to completely eliminate the stress of a move for your pet there are things that you can do to make sure it’s as smooth as possible for your fur baby.
Transporting your pet – it doesn’t matter if you’re moving across town or across the country make sure you setup a comfortable place for your pet to ride. It’s best for them to ride in a bed that they’re used too. If your pet has a fear of the car talk to your veterinarian on the best procedure to follow for the move.
Security – once you arrive to your new home keep your pet on a leash or in their crate. This is new territory and it’s very common for your pet to be scared. Scared animals initial reaction is to run. There’s nothing worse than a lost pet, particularly during a move. Be extra careful to make sure your pet isn’t let out to run around unless it’s in a fenced area where he or she can’t escape.
Anxiety – if you think your pet is a candidate for anxiety medicine when a move is taking place consult with your veterinarian in advance. Just like humans handle stress differently, so do our pets. Some animals can use a little extra help to remain calm during a move. It’s best to plan ahead and talk with your vet to go over options well before the day of your move.
Contact information – make sure you update your pets contact info on their collar or microchip prior to your move. Always list your cell phone, house phones won’t do much good during a move. With the right steps in place a lost pet won’t be a concern but, better safe than sorry. If your pet isn’t microchipped consider having it done. Not only will it give you peace of mind during your move but, also for the rest of your pet’s life.
Food and water – decide where you want your pet’s food and water to go in your new home prior to moving your pet. It causes pet’s anxiety when their bowls are constantly moved so you don’t want to set them somewhere when you bring your pet to the new home for the first time and then move them around as you get settled in. Now is not the time to get them new bowls. We can understand that with a new home comes new (and fun) furnishings but, hold off on that for your pet until they’re really settled in and comfortable in their new surroundings. The goal is to limit the changes in their world to as few as possible.
Toys and treats – give your pet their favorite toys and the treats they’re used to having to help them make the adjustment. Their stressed is eased through items that are familiar to them.
Most importantly pour on some extra love and attention. Moving isn’t fun for anyone and it can be especially hard on pets because of the uncertainty that it brings into their lives. Carve our time multiple times a day to give them attention and reassure them that you’re moving together. Once you’re at your new home keep their schedule as similar as possible. When they’re settled into their new surroundings take them out in a secure environment and explore the new area with them. They’ll start thinking its home very soon too!