Regardless of if you’re moving down the street or to a whole new city, moving can be especially stressful for your pet. Don’t you just wish you could tell them what’s going on? Unfortunately, they don’t understand, and the move is going to be extremely confusing, scary, and taxing for your furry family member.
Careful planning ahead of time is going to be the key to making your move with a pet as smooth as possible. Check out these tips on how to move with your pet to help keep them happy and less anxious.
Schedule an appointment to visit your pet’s veterinarian before the move. You’ll want to make sure your pet is healthy and up to date on vaccines, and get a copy of your pet’s records. If you’re moving far away, ask your veterinarian for recommendations for a new veterinarian’s office in your new town, and also make sure you have enough of any required medications to get through the move.
While you’re there, go ahead and update your pet’s ID microchip with your new address, as well.
If you’re moving to a new town, take the time to research any pet policies and amenities that the new town might have. Some cities require pet registration or special collar tags. If you have a dog, you’ll want to know ahead of time where pets are welcome, including dog parks and other public spaces.
No matter how organized you think you are, it’s easy to lose things in the shuffle while moving. All those boxes start to look the same! Pack your pet a special travel bag that you can keep on hand. Fill it with food, bowls, some of your pet’s favorite toys or blanket, any necessary medication, and maybe some first-aid supplies.
Once you arrive, remember that your pet has had a really stressful time, between the old home getting packed up, riding in a vehicle, and arriving in a strange new place. Some pets might feel overwhelmed and confused. Try taking a slower approach to help your pet explore the new space.
Start in one room. Close the door to the space, if you think it might make your pet more comfortable. Let them sniff around and get used to the room. Once they seem comfortable, move them to the next room. Continue this process until your pet has explored the entire home.
After such a long, stressful day, give your pet extra love and attention. Break out their favorite treats, and make sure you get in some snuggles in your new home.