Moving With Pets: What You Need to Know

Monday, October 28th 2019, 4:08 pm
By: News On 6

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Did you know that being with a pet can help reduce stress levels?

That’s a big reason why so many people own pets in the United States. But we all know there are times when owning a pet can be more stressful than anything else.

One of those instances is when you’re moving to a new home. You have to deal with the normal stressors of moving like packing, transporting, and acclimating to a new area. But you also have a pet to care for along the way.

But moving with pets doesn’t have to be stressful. A little planning can make moving with your furry friend easier.

Keep reading to learn how to make the move with your pet as smooth as possible!

Talk with Your Current Vet

Before you make your move, it’s important to take one last visit to your current vet. Make sure your pet is all up-to-date with vaccinations and has a full stock of any needed medications.

Ask for copies of your pet’s medical records. Get a paper copy and an electronic copy, in case the paper copy gets misplaced during the move. You’ll want to bring these to your new vet once you move.

If you’re flying with your animal to your new destination, talk to your vet about ways to ease your pet’s anxiety during the trip.

Have a Pet Sitter on Moving Day

There will be lots of commotion at your house on moving day. Movers will be in and out of your house at a quick pace. The door will likely be wide open throughout the day. Not only can all of this activity stress your pet out, but they could easily wander out while the door is open.

Arrange for a friend pet sit for you on moving day. That way, your pet will be stress-free and safe, and you’ll be able to focus on the move.

Set Up Their Space

When you arrive at your new home, arrange your pet’s living area similar to how it was arranged in your old home.

Your pet will feel more at home if his living space is all set up and feels familiar.

Ideally, position your pet’s bowl, bed, and toy basket in similar spots to where they were situated in your previous home. For instance, if your pet’s bowls were near the back door, place them in a similar position.

Update Their Info

Pets tend to run off when they’re feeling confused or scared. When you move into your new home, your pet will be in an unfamiliar area.

Update all of your pet’s information, including their microchip and collar tags, so that in case they get out in your new home, you can be located and reunited with your pet quickly.

Moving with Pets Should Be a Smooth Transition

If you follow this guide, moving with pets shouldn’t be too stressful. Just make sure you start planning well in advance, so you and your pet can be at ease on moving day.

Are you looking to make your move easy and stress-free? Contact us today to learn more about how we can help make that happen!

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