Moving is a big life change for everyone in the family, including pets. To reduce anxiety and prevent challenges with your furry family members, you’ll need to take precautions before, during, and after your move.
Before the Move
A lot of planning goes into a stress-free move, especially one with pets. Not only will you be focused on getting your family’s items packed and accommodated throughout the move, you’ll need to do the same for your pets. There are some considerations, such as acquiring veterinary records, that you may need to work on getting in advance to prepare for the move.
Packing Your Pet’s Belongings
Just as we encourage you to pack an overnight back for each member of your family for the night of the move, we encourage you to do the same for your pet. While your pet may not have as many belongings as other family members, ensuring you can easily access their items the night of the move is important. A plastic tote can be used as an essentials box with things your pet will need, such as:
- ID Tags
- Food and Water Bowls
- Leashes and Harnesses
- Trash bags for waste
- Several days worth of food
- Anything else that keeps your pet happy
Traveling with Your Pet
Moving day can be stressful, and pets can pick up on our energy. They’re often hyper sensitive to what we’re feeling, so staying calm will help your pet do the same. If you have travel a long distance for your move, plan on longer rest stops to allow your pet to take an exercise and potty break. Allow for some extra play time to reduce anxiety and maintain regular meal times. If your pet is prone to travel anxieties, speak to your vet about any options you may have to help make travel more comfortable.
Getting Your Pet Settled Into Your New Home
Your pet will need some time to adjust to all the new surroundings, smells, and sounds that come with your new home. Maintain a normal routine, engage in play with your pet, and allow them to explore the home and yard to get accustomed to the new environment.
Transfer to a New Veterinarian
Once you get settled in, you’ll want to get your pet transferred to a new veterinarian, especially if they have any medical conditions. You may choose to speak with your previous provider to see if they have recommendations in the area, or do some online research of reviews to determine which may be the best fit for you. Once you select a vet, be sure to transfer your pet’s records to the new provider.
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