Moving from one place to another can be stressful for people, so just imagine how anxious it can make your pets. They can easily get stressed out when there’s sudden activity in their home or when they’re introduced to a new environment.
These challenges don’t come with a solution, but here are some tips that can help your moving experience a bit calmer and stress-free for both you and your pet.
Start Packing ahead of time
The packing process can be stressful for dogs and cats alike. If you want things to go smoothly and comfortably, you should start packing as soon as possible. Starting early can help your pets to adapt to the situation quickly.
Think About the Travel Process
Pets usually aren’t the best travelers. That’s why it can be difficult for them to deal with transportation. It can be difficult for them to handle crates as well. So, if you want your pets moving experience to go smoothly, practice makes perfect.
Get them used to be inside of crates slowly. Put their meals inside of open crates. Let them eat in these crates. Close the door while they eat. Give them the time to adjust to their crates by driving them around for a short period of time. This should make your actual move less overwhelming and confusing to them.
Crating Your Pet
Depending on how you travel, you will want to secure your pets. If you are traveling by car, then it is always safer to crates your pet. This is for the safety of your pet and those in the car. A loose pet can be a disaster and can get in the way when you’re driving. Contact Your Hometown Mover today for a custom crating service.
Prepare An Overnight Kit
Prepare an easily-accessible overnight kit that has enough dog food, kitty litter, toys and grooming tools to support your pet and keep them comfortable during the first few days of unpacking.
Contact Your Vet
If you’re moving from another place, inform your vet so you can take records and any prescription medications with you. See if they can also recommend another vet in your new neighborhood.
Your veterinarian is a great resource. If you have an animal that hates traveling, your vet can suggest behavior modification methods or medication that can make traveling less stressful for your pet.
Get your pet’s medical records
Before you leave your old home, make sure to get a copy of all your pet’s medical records to give to your new vet and be sure to locate the nearest emergency animal hospital and keep that phone number handy.
Keep Your Pets Away From The Action
During your move, the best way to reduce stress on your pets is to keep them in the quiet area as possible. If you don’t want to leave them with a friend or a kennel for the day, at least keep them away from the action.
Make Sure Your New Place is Safe and Secure
A pet-friendly environment is essential for moving success. Your job isn’t done once you move into your new home. It’s actually just the beginning. If you want your pets to flourish in your new place, you have to make sure they get access to a safe and reliable environment.
Keep Your Daily Routines
The most important thing you can do to keep your pet relaxed and happy during the moving process is to maintain their routine for as long as you can. Your pet should be the last thing that you move to your new home. Keep their bedding, litter and feeding areas untouched until the last day. If you can, separate your animals from the packing, organizing, and cleaning, so that their immediate environment stays predictable and secure.
Get in touch!
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