Moving isn’t only stressful for you, it can be stressful for your pets too! If you own pets and are thinking about moving, or are already in the middle of packing, we hope these tips can help you out and keep your furry friends content during your transition!
Update Your Pet's Tag
Since there is a chance your animal could wander off in the move due to stress, be sure they have a collar that won’t fall off, as well as updated contact information like your name, your destination location, and a cell phone number. Moving to a new location can cause your pet anxiety, so do yourself a favor and make sure that if your pet were to disappear, they can be safely returned to their owner.
Keep Medication and Food Available
You can never be too prepared when it comes to your pet, so be sure and have at least a week’s worth of food available in case of an emergency. Also, if your pet takes any medicine, have it ready for the animal. Stock up medicine from your previous vet to make sure you won’t run out if you hit a bump in the road that could deprive your pet of their health.
Seclude Your Pets From the Ruckus
Chaos during the move, like heavy loads, boxes, furniture, movers, etc. can overwhelm your pet and could tempt them to run away due to confusion or a feeling of being left out. It might help to keep your pet in a calm, quiet room, with food and water so their emotions are not stirred too much. Your animal wants to know that they are a part of the family, and transitioning can be a traumatic experience for them, so comfort is a necessity so they are not overloaded.
When it’s time to jump in the car and take off, it’s best to put your animal in a carrier with comfort toys. To prepare your pet for the carrier if it is something he/she is not used to, prior to the move, try setting a carrier out in your house with the door open. Even leave a doggy or kitty treat in the crate to invite the animal in and allow them to get comfortable so that on moving day it won’t be a frightening experience. Further, depending on how far you’re moving, if you have to stay in a hotel along the way, think ahead and make sure to find a pet friendly place!
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