When you need are moving with pets, preparing for the move is essential. As you’re making your lists and checking them twice, don’t forget to factor in your furry friends. A bit of planning
Pad your moving schedule with ample time to get your dog or cat acclimated to their new home. While the movers are still hard at work, keep them safely away from foot traffic to reduce stress. Once they’ve left, make sure to clear anything that could be dangerous and block off areas as necessary then let them free to get a lay of the land on their own.
When moving to a different city or state, one of the main things you need to take into consideration is finding a new veterinarian that is the right fit for you and your pet. If you have family or friends in the area ask for recommendations or do your own research by reading reviews and news articles. Once you find one, contact your current vet to initiate a transfer of medical records. Then schedule a “get to know you” appointment shortly after your move.
Be sure to have pet food, dishes, toys, and all sleeping or living spaces packed together and go with your pet. The last thing you want to be doing is routing around for where the treats are. Keep these items in your vehicle and not on a moving truck if you can avoid it. And do not give your pet all new toys because you are in a new home. Some new toys and blankets are fine, but they will get used to the new home faster with some smelly and familiar items.
Whether it’s a short drive or a long plane ride, you pet will likely need to be put into a carrier. For most pets, this is a foreign concept and they require time to get comfortable with it. Start acclimating your pet as early as possible and use comfort items like treats and favorite toys and blankets to make the experience a positive one for your pet.
Make a plan for moving day that keeps your pet away from all the commotion. Moving with pets is easiest if you can plan for your pet to be away with family, friends, a local kennel or other familiar place. If those options aren’t available – then consider crating your pet. Before the movers arrive at your current home, perhaps take your pet to the new home that will quiet for a couple hours yet. As the movers get to the new home, perhaps you take your pet for a walk (or some play time) and take them back to your old home while the movers are unloading. If you pet has to stay with you, perhaps setting them up comfortably in a bathroom will ensure they don’t get underfoot, get through an open door or accidentally get into something unsafe for them.
Throughout the move, frequently check on your pet, play with them, give them a break to explore their new space, but make sure they feel loved. They will be highly stressed and it will take a couple days to get accustomed to their new home. But keep them comfortable, keep them top of mind, and do what you can to minimize their stress will help ensure an easier move for everyone.