8 Tips to Moving with Pets«« Move For Hunger Resources April 9, 2015 | 5:15 pm |
During a move, there’s a lot of excitement and anticipation about living in a new place. New friends, new house and a new neighborhood can be a great change to most family members, but to our four legged ones, it can pretty scary. Pets need help during a move too, as they are also adapting to a brand new environment. And unlike humans, our pets aren’t able to voice their concerns and fears about this new place they call home. When you’re packing up Fido for the big move, keep these ideas in mind on how to make the transition as smooth as possible for your furry family member.
Visit Your Vet:
A few weeks before the big move, take a trip to your vet for any vaccinations or exams needed for your travel. If your pet is going airborne, make sure to find out what the airline requires for the flight. Since you’re going to a new area, ask for referrals for a vet in the area and get copies of your pets’ medical records. Also, you may want to think about getting a sedative for your pet if they tend to get nervous in new situations, it can make the trip smoother for all passengers involved.
Arrange a Sleep Over:
For moving day, arrange for your pets to be out of the house or locked in a room where they can’t escape. It’s extremely stressful for cats and especially dogs when there are strange people in your home, taking your belongings. Dogs naturally want to protect their household so having them out of the house during this hectic time means less chance of biting a moving a professional. Also, having them secure reduces the chances of a pet making a mad dash out an open door.
Invest in a Crate:
If you don’t have one already, get yourself a crate or carrier for your pet to make the trip in. Whether it be by air or car, your pet should be confined during travel. If you’re flying, make sure to check which carriers are approved for travel. The carrier should be big enough for your pet to stand up and turn around in and come equipped with water and food bowls. If it’s going to be a long trip, you want to make sure your furry family member is also comfortable.
Spoil Them Rotten:
Although it’s exciting for us to move, for your pet it can cause some serious anxiety. Help soothe them by giving extra attention during this hectic period. Pack some of their favorite treats and toys for the trip to help them feel as relaxed as possible. Some extra love and attention can help your precious pets ease into their new environment.
Check Out the Digs Before They Do:
Before you let your four legged family member explore their new pad, check out the house first. Make sure there isn’t anything on the floor, walls or backyard that could be potentially harmful to them. Also, confine them to a smaller area first before you let them have free roam of the house. Gradually introducing them to each room one a time helps them from being overwhelmed with the new surroundings.
Give Them Their Own Space:
Once you’ve arrived and have a good sense of where everything will go, give your pet their own place in the home. Set down their bed and toys and let them settle into their den. Don’t be surprised if their eating and drinking habits are a little off during the move, as this change can make some pets shy away from food.
Update Their Info:
One of the most important steps during the move process is to update your contact information on their identification tags. There would be nothing worse than a lost pet in a brand new city.