Moving can be stressful for everyone involved in your family, including your pet. Whether you have a dog, cat, Guinea pig, or fish, it’s likely that your pets will experience stress in the process as well. Here are seven tips for moving with pets to help keep stress levels to a minimum for you and your animals.
1. Pack Over Time
Many people make the mistake of waiting until the last minute to pack all of their belongings. If you’re hurried, your pet will pick up on your anxiety and make them anxious as well. They also tend to like things just as they are. Tearing up your home over a short period can create stress for them. Instead, pack over time to avoid stress for you and your pets.
2. Research Pet Laws and Regulations
Find out what the laws and regulations are for owning a pet in your new area. You may need to register the animal, pay an individual fee, or meet different vaccination requirements. It will give you time to take care of it before arriving.
3. Inform Your Vet
Let your veterinarian know that you are moving so they can help you prepare your animal. You may need to update vaccinations or get recommendations on a vet in your new area. If your animal suffers from anxiety, the vet can prescribe medication to help on moving day.
4. Update Pet Information
Updating your pet’s information is one of the most valuable tips when relocating with pets. Dogs and cats can become lost quickly in a new neighborhood. Make sure you update their ID tag with current information, including an emergency contact.
If your pet is micro-chipped, contact the company that stores the information and provide an update. If it’s not micro-chipped, now might be an excellent time to do so.
5. Make a Travel Kit
Set aside a travel kit for your pet including a small amount of food, bed, toys, or anything else you want quick access to during the move.
6. Secure Your Pet in the Vehicle
Moving day can be stressful for your pet making them prone to acting up or running off. A kennel or carrier is the best option for securing your pet for their safety.
7. Prepare Your New Home
Don’t forget to prepare your new place for your pets upon arrival. Here are some suggestions:
- Do a general safety sweep.
- Check for holes or gaps in the fence the animal could get through.
- Make sure there are no leftover poisons from previous owner/tenant.
- Set out their food, water, bed, and toys for familiarity.
- Expose them to small areas at first, especially cats.
- Take your dog for a walk to explore their new place.
Moving with Pets
Moving with pets doesn’t have to be stressful. If you use these tips, you can ensure a smoother transition to your new address. What other ways have you eased the stress of your pets when moving?
If you need some help or a lot, RL Maxon Moving is here to help you relocate with as little stress as possible. We serve Northwest Arkansas and surrounding areas. Contact us for more information. Ask about our monthly discount promotions. (479) 756-0850.