Moving With Pets – Tips For Success

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!



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    5 Tips To Sell A Home With Pets

    5 Tips To Sell A Home With Pets

    Many homeowners have pets and they’re a part of the family. When it’s time to put your home on the market you need to consider that not everyone loves pets. Having your home deep cleaned to remove any pet odors is something you’ll need to do prior to listing your home for sale. You want buyers to see themselves living in your home and that doesn’t include with your pet.

    What should you do when you have pets and it’s time to prepare to sell your home?

    Make Repairs –

    Pet damage isn’t a selling point for your home. Dogs and cats at some point in their lives, no matter how well behaved they are, are going to damage something in your home. Whether it be carpet, hardwood floors, walls, or grass in the yard it’s bound to happen. Repairs need to be completed prior to your home going on the market. Some repairs can be expensive but, correcting them will pay off in the form of an increased bottom line.

    Remove Pet Odors –

    Even the biggest animal lover doesn’t want a home that smells like pets. Your furry friend’s favorite place to lay takes on their scent over time. Accidents also happen and you never want your home to be remembered as the house that smelled bad. One of the top reasons a home buyer will pass on a home is a strong odor. Having your carpets and floors professionally cleaned will in most cases remove the odors. There are some homes that will need to replace the carpet if the odor cannot be removed.

    Cleanup The Yard –

    Pick up any messes that are in your yard. That’s not a surprise any buyer wants if they’re walking in your yard. Look at your yard and see if there are any spots that need new sod laid or damage repaired. Outdoor space is a big selling point for many buyers and because of that, you need to pay equal attention to the yard as you do to the interior of your home.

    Erase Signs You Have A Pet –

    Your pet’s bowls, beds, toys, food, etc. will all need to be put away. Pet accessories are not staging items and look cluttered when left out for photos and showings. Aside from an aesthetics standpoint some buyers do not like pets and in turn, you want to avoid leaving signs out that you have pets in your home. if a buyer asks you’ll need to answer honestly but, you can often avoid the question ever being asked if your pet's belongings are put away.

    Remove Your Pet For Showings –

    If there’s one tip you take away from this post, it needs to be this one. There are far too many risks that come with a pet being left in a home for showings. Buyers and their agents are strangers to your pet and that creates a liability for you. When pets are scared or unsure of what’s happening they act differently. Pets can also get out during a showing and no agent wants to be looking for your pet if they escape. Leaving your pet home during a showing is asking for trouble. If you can’t get home from work to remove them have a neighbor keep them or consider hiring someone to come and remove them from your home before a showing starts. It’s a liability to have a pet in the home during showings and simply not worth the many risks that come with it.

    If you have questions about selling a home with pets reach out to us! 703-988-3151 or






    Water Safety Tips For Dogs

    Water Safety Tips For Dogs

    Summer temperatures have been heating up the DMV for a few weeks now and with that comes fun in the water. Summer is the perfect time to hit the pool, beach, or lake and many of us take our pups along with us. Below are some do’s and don’ts to make sure your dog enjoys the water and stays safe at the same time.

    Teach your dog to swim – don’t force your dog into the water, this can create fear and once they’re scared the odds of overcoming it aren’t good. Introduce them to the water slowly in a shallow area and gradually work up. The earlier they learn how to swim the better they’ll be at it.



    Not all breeds are meant to swim – some dogs such as retrievers and poodles are bred to work in the water and are often very easy to teach. On the other hand, bulldogs and other short-snouted breeds were not meant to be in the water. Their large chests make their front end heavy and they struggle to keep their head above water. Be very careful with them around water. There’s always an exception to the rule but, for the most part, only wading is recommended. Neither of our Frenchie’s can swim but, they love to wade!

    Don’t let your dog out of your sight – teaching your dog the pool or other bodies are water are off limits unless you’re out with them is important. If you have a pool in your backyard or your home is right on the ocean or lake a fence is recommended to prevent them from going into the water without supervision. Anything can happen quickly when water is involved and always keeping your pet in view is important to make sure they stay safe at all times.

    Don’t let your dog drink the water they’re swimming in – pool water contains chemicals and the salt in the ocean water will make your dog sick. There could be bacteria in lakes that causes an upset stomach so they’re off limits too. Have fresh water on hand so that your pup is able to stay hydrated and is less tempted to drink the water they’re playing in.


    Rinse your dog off after they swim – the chemicals from the pool and the sand/salt from the ocean will likely irritate their skin. They’re also prone to grooming themselves after being in the water and can then ingest whatever is on their fur.

    Encourage your 4 legged friends to take plenty of breaks when playing in the water. Often times they’re having so much fun that they don’t stop to rest. With the right planning and using common sense, you and your pet will enjoy the water together all summer long.



    Holiday Pet Safety Tips

    Holiday Pet Safety Tips

    As you gear up for the holidays it’s important to keep your pets in mind, after all, they’re a part of the family. It’s a busy time of year with a lot of extras going on and keeping your pet’s daily routine as close to normal as possible is something every pet parent should try to do. From décor, to parties, to food there’s a lot to consider to keep your pet safe.

    Décor Safety Tips

    • Christmas Tree – anchor your tree so that it doesn’t pose a threat of falling over and injuring your pet. This is especially important if your feline friends like to attempt to climb the tree. Do not let your pets drink the tree water. Stagnant tree water can be a breeding ground for bacteria and your pet can become ill from ingesting it. Tinsel is not a good idea if you have curious pets. What looks like a toy to them can easily get swallowed and lead to an obstructed digestive track.
    • Candles – they create beautiful ambiance but, they also need to be monitored at all times. If you leave the room blow them out! Pets can easily burn themselves or knock them over and cause a fire if left unattended.
    • Wires – the holidays bring a lot of wires that aren’t typically in your home and keeping them out of paws reach is a must. Your pet could suffer a lethal shock if they bite into a wire. Batteries are also something to steer clear of being left out. A punctured battery can cause burns to an animal’s mouth and esophagus.

    Holiday Gathering Safety Tips

    • Party Animal – some pets like to be the life of the party. If your pet falls into that category your animal-loving guests can feel free to interact and enjoy your furry friend. However, not all pets like to be the center of attention and even those that do still need a break at times. Have a quiet space set up for your pet complete with a snuggly place to lay and water.
    • Guests Belongings – have guests house their handbags and coats in a closet or room that allows you to close the door to keep your pet out. Let your guests know the door needs to remain closed at all times. This will ensure your pet doesn’t get into anything that might be in a guest’s bag or coat pocket – especially medication.
    • New Year’s – poppers and fireworks can be terrifying for pets and even cause damage to their ears. Be sure to secure them in a safe, escape-proof area on New Year’s Eve.

    Holiday Food Dangers

    • Holiday Goodies - the holidays inevitably bring more food into our homes. Many pets will go to extreme lengths to taste the yummy goodies their humans enjoy. Make sure to keep your pets away from unattended food both on plates and the counter and secure your trash in and out of the house.
    • Bones – feeding bones from human food to your pet is a big no-no. For some reason, the holidays seem to increase when this happens and while they might be giving you lovey eyes to hand one over don’t do it! The bones can splinter inside your pet and lead to costly medical bills or worse.
    • Special Pet Toys – we’ve all seen the pretty toys with strings, ribbon, yard, and loose little parts. Steer clear of all of them, they can become lodged in your pet’s intestines and lead to surgery being needed. There are plenty of safe toys (and treats!) to pick from to fill your pets stocking with.

    It’s the most wonderful time of the year and keeping your pet safe will allow both of you to fully enjoy the holidays together!