Moving is stressful for everyone involved; this includes your pets! If you’re anything like us, your animals are part of your family and you like to make them as comfortable as possible. Here are a few tips to help them (and you) feel more at ease while moving.
Go to the vet and groomer
What? More things to add to your plate? I know, I know, this sounds like the last thing you want to do during the closing on a new home (or whatever your situation may be) but hear me out. If you’re moving to a new town and have to switch vets and groomers, it may take you some time to find new ones. So, it’s important to make sure your pets are healthy and able to wait before they get an appointment in their new town. Getting in to the vet before you move also allows you to refill any prescriptions your pets may need, as well as gives you the chance to ask your vet for any information and/or medical records you should pass on to your new vet.
Maybe you’re lucky and don’t have a pet with special food needs like I do, but if you’re in the same boat as I am, stock up on the pet food you need before you move. Not only will this save you a trip to the pet store right when you get to your new town, it will ensure you have what you need while you locate a store that has it, in case your new local pet store doesn’t carry what you’re looking for.
Do some research
Read up on your new town’s pet laws. They may be stricter on leash laws or require different vaccines or licensing for your pet. Make sure you know what is necessary for your pet so you don’t get stuck with a fine for a law you didn’t know you were breaking. If you’re moving to a different climate, read up on toxic plants or animals in the area so you know what to avoid.
Keep your pet calm
It may be easiest, on moving day, to ask a friend to take your pet for the day. People coming in and out and taking your things with them can be very stressful to a pet and may even cause aggression. If you’re unable to get your pets out of the house during the move, keep as many of their things (bed, toys, food, etc.) in the house for as long as possible. Make sure to never leave your pet (dogs especially) alone in an empty house; this can cause separation anxiety which may lead to your pet damaging the property or other behavioral issues.
Update your info
Be sure to get your little buddies microchipped, if they’re not already, and ensure that your information is all accurate in the system, including your new address. Get tags for you pets collars with your phone number clearly visible. Moving is confusing to animals and a good opportunity for them to get lost, trying to find their way back home (Homeward Bound, anyone?).
Moving is never completely stress free, but hopefully these tips help relieve some stress from all members of the family, fur-babies included.