Tips for Moving with Pets
Moving is stressful enough for grown adults who have chosen to do it of their own free will, so you can imagine just how tough it can be for pets who don’t understand why all the upheaval is happening. That’s why, if you have pets, you must do what you can to ease their anxiety and make your next move easier on them.
Here are some great tips for moving with pets:
Prepare an Overnight Bag
If you are moving across state and you’re going to be on the road for a while, it’s essential that you prefer an overnight bag for your pets. Fill it with enough food and water, toys and treats to last hem not only during travel but for the first couple of days in your new home, when things will be pretty hectic, too.
See the Vet
Before you travel, make an effort to book an appointment with your vet, so that you can have your animals checked over, get any medication they need and get their records, so that you can pass on their medical history to the vet in your new location.
Hire a Sitter
Home removals are noisy, busy and stressful for humans, so it stands to reason that they can be completely terrifying for dogs and cats. To help them get through the process as happily as possible, it’s a good idea to hire a sitter, who can take care of the dog at another location until the movers have gone. If this isn’t possible, try to keep your pets in the quietest part of the house, a kennel or even the car, taking care to roll the windows down if it’s warm, until you’re all done.
Transport Your Pets in Your Vehicle
It’ll be easier on your pets if they can travel to the new place with you. Keep them in a carrier or put your car’s seats down if necessary, but try to keep them close, so they will feel some sense of normality and safety in being with their owners.
Keep Them Safe
When you’re transporting your pets to your new home, it’s important that you don’t let them escape because they’ll be in a new neighborhood where they don’t know their way around, which means they could so easily get lost. So, keep them on a leash, in a shut kennel or a closed carrier when you take them out of the car.
Update Their Information
As soon as possible, and ideally before move day, you will need to update the details on your pets’ tags and microchips, so that if they do get lost, you will be reunited with them quickly. There’s nothing worse than losing a pet, so make sure you do this as soon as you can.
Give Them Lots of Attention
Last, but by no means least, you should really try to pamper your pets. I know that you’ll be very busy on moving day, but you should take the time to have a little play, feed them some treats and give them a scratch. It’ll make them feel better, and it’ll probably help to relieve your stress a little too.