There’s a lot that goes into moving to a new home whether you’re heading across the street or across the country. But in the chaos of taking furniture apart and packing things into cardboard boxes, it’s important to remember that your pets are just as stressed as you are.
Pets aren’t big fans of change even if that change may be better for them. (Hello, new backyard!) The good news is that you can make the transition easier on your furry friends by doing a few things before the big move.
What do I need to do before I move with my pets?
To make moving easier on your pets, it’s important to keep them safe, secure, and happy. The best way to do that is to be prepared. Here are five things you need to do for your pet before you get the moving ball rolling.
Schedule a vet visit before the move
Take your pet to the veterinarian to get all of their necessary medications, vaccinations, and a copy of their medical records before you move. This ensures that your pet’s medical care is up-to-date before you have to look for a new veterinarian in your new neighborhood.
Update your contact information
Make sure to keep your contact information current if your pet has a microchip ID. After all, what good is a microchip if it doesn’t make it easier to find your lost pet? You can update your pet’s contact information on Found Animals. Update the contact information on your pet’s collar before you move, too.
Keep your pet at a friend’s house or a doggy daycare
One of the reasons why moving is stressful for your pet is because of all the extra movement and noise. Ask a friend if they would be willing to help take care of your pets on moving day to keep them happy.
Check airline and lodging rules
It’s important to do your research ahead of time if you’re moving somewhere further away. Check airline websites to determine if your pet complies with airline policies. If not, you may have to travel by car. Do research on pet-friendly hotels, too, before you embark on your adventure.
Create your new home with your pet in mind
It’s easier for your pet to adjust to a new home if they have all their things in place. Make sure their bedding, toys, and food are all set out where they can see them. It’s also a good idea to have some of your furniture and belongings set up, too, instead of keeping them all in boxes. This helps to spread your scent around the house so your pet knows it’s safe. Give your pet lots of extra love and attention in the new environment to make them more comfortable and less overwhelmed.
Moving is stressful for everyone, but especially for pets. By following the tips above, you can be better prepared for your big move and make the process less overwhelming for your furry family.
This blog post was kindly provided by Alliance Moving & Storage