Moving is stressful enough – but how about moving with your furry friends?
Our pets tend to match the energy of their owners, so when we feel anxious – they do too. When you add unexpected activity in their home, commotion all around, and getting used to a brand new house..It can be a challenge to get them feeling relaxed and calm.
Here are some tips for moving with pets to make the moving experience a little easier for your loved companions.
CONTACT YOUR VETERINARIAN
You’ll want to talk with your vet to make sure your pet is up-to-date on all their shots, medications, and check-ups. If you’re moving to a new area, be sure to find and inform the new clinic so you can take the records and prescriptions with you. You could also ask for a veterinary contact near our new place if you need a recommendation.
PACK AN OVERNIGHT BAG
Preparing a bag for yourself is necessary, of course – but putting together an overnight kit for your pet is too! Be sure to pack a bag with food, kennels, kitty litter, toys, grooming tools, potty bags, food/water bowls, beds, and blankets to stay organized and keep your pets comfortable through the first few das of unpacking.
KEEP YOUR PETS AWAY FROM THE ACTION
If you’re able to drop your furry friends off at a pet daycare or friends house, this is probably the best way to reduce stress on an animal and keep them away from the craziness. When you’re moving out of the area, this may not be an option. In that case, emptying a bedroom or closet and closing the door using a kennel) works as well. And remember, it’s important to check in on them regularly!
UPDATE THEIR INFO
Once you’re all moved in, be sure to update your microchip information with your new phone number and address. If you aren’t able to find your information to do this, ask your vet to let you know the company they are listed with so you can contact them directly.
While updating their microchip, it’s also a good idea to go ahead and order a new dog tag as well. Many people look for a dog tag before they bother taking a pet to a vet to find their owners.
TAKE IT SLOW
If it’s an adjustment for us to get used to a new house, imagine what it’s like for your pets! They have no idea what’s going on or where they are. When you introduce them to the new place, it can help to take it slow – starting with one room, then two rooms, and so forth… This allows them to get acquainted with the new house without becoming overwhelmed.
Have you moved with your pets before? If so, do you have any tips?