Our pets are part of what make our homes full of fun, laughter and love. They are an important part of the family. That’s why moving them takes just as much thought and consideration as you’d put into your children or anyone else in the family.
Moving can make our pets anxious, nervous or down right moody. Actually, it has the same effect on some people too!
Here are a few things that can make the experience a little less stressful for our furry friends.
BEFORE MOVING DAY
- Update your pet’s collar and ID tag to reflect the new address.
- If your pet hasn’t spent much time in a crate or a car, prepare them by letting them acclimate to the crate or taking short drives.
- Check in with your vet and let them know what’s going on. You might want to get medication if your pet gets car sick. If you’re moving out of the area, take records and any prescription medications with you.
ON MOVING DAY
- Keep your pets away from the action of moving and the flurry of last minute packing. The sounds are confusing and frightening to your pets. If they are comfortable staying at a friend’s house let them stay there. If not, put them a secure quiet area or closed room until you are ready to load them up.
- Walk them and feed them at normal times. The more you can keep their routine the calmer they will feel in the chaos.
FOR LONG DISTANCE MOVES
- Identify pet friendly hotel and restaurant options along the way. You can find a list of pet friendly hotels here (link: www.pet-friendly-hotels.net)
- Remember your pet will need food and potty breaks just like you!
- Put together an overnight bag for your pet that’s easily accessible. It should include the essentials like food, toys, kitty litter or grooming tools your pet needs to be comfortable during the first few days of unpacking.
Even the most obedient dog can get spooked in the stress of move and run. Stopping to find your lost pet in an unfamiliar neighborhood is the last thing you want to do so keep your pet secure and in a leash until it is safely inside!
WHEN YOU ARRIVE AT YOUR NEW HOME
- Give your pet a few days to get used to the new space. For many pets, vets recommend letting them get used to one space at a time so it’s not so overwhelming.
- Make sure you don’t let anything dangerous sit out out while you are unpacking
- Give your pet extra attention and begin to reintroduce familiar objects like toys and blankets as soon as possible.
- If you moved out of your old neighborhood find your new vet ASAP.
Keep in mind pets like fish, guinea pigs and birds have their own set of needs during a moving.
It’s not unusual for dogs and cats to have a few accidents in their new home. Be patient. Like you, they are adjusting to the new space. It won’t be long before they are back feeling like the king or queen of the castle.