Tips for Moving with Your Pets

Tips for Moving with Your Pets

Moving is a stressful time for the whole family. This can especially be the case for your pets since they don’t know or understand what is going on. During a move, pets need special attention, and as our infographic states, everyone in the family is often very busy with the packing and moving and may not be giving the pets the extra attention they need. Your pets might be acting out or showing signs that they are stressed and need attention, but you may not recognize it with everything going on with your move. This article will help you get things organized for you so that you can make your pets’ moving experience as smooth as possible before, during, and after the move.
Tips to Help with Pets Before You Move

When you start making your packing list and planning your move, include some of the following things on your to do list. There are some things on this list can be done well in advance. Try not to wait until the last minute. That way, you will be less stressed out too.
  • See Your Vet. Make an appointment to have your veterinarian give a thorough checkup to your pet. This is especially important if you are moving out of the area and will be seeking a new vet. It is a great idea to allow the vet that is more familiar with your pet. Make sure that your pet is all up-do-date with his or her shots and refill any prescription medications. Ask the veterinarian office for your pet’s records if you are moving away from this vet’s proximity. If you are keeping the same vet, then be sure to change your address and phone numbers. If your pet has a history of anxiety, especially during other times you have made then ask your vet to prescribe a medication to help your pet relax and remain calm on moving day. Your vet visit can be completed up to 2 months before your move and will allow you time for other last minute packing.
  • Choosing the Right Pet Carrier. Plan ahead to find the right carrier for your pet and purchase the carrier they will need to be in during the actual move. Make sure that it is the right size for your pet, big enough for them to have room, yet small enough for them to feel safe and cozy. Buying it ahead of time helps to ensure that the carrier is a place of comfort to them. Get them acclimated to the carrier by using it as a den or little house for them for up to 4 weeks before you move.
  • Packing Your Pets Essentials for the Move. Just as you would pack your own essential for moving day and the first night and day in your new home, pack things for your pet during this time. Make sure that your pet’s toys, blankets, food, and medications are all easily accessible during the move by planning to pack them in advance.

During the Move

There are two very different sets of tips for moving with pets based on whether you are flying to your new home or driving.
Moving Tips if You Are Flying with Your Pets:
  • Place a prominent “Live Animal” sticker on your pet’s crate or carrier with arrows facing up to make sure that handlers keep the crate right side up.
  • Make sure that your pet has a microchip in place and wears a collar that includes your contact information, and is updated with your destination information. If possible, add a tag with your flight details too.
  • Tape a recent photo of your pet on the crate or carrier for identification purposes.
  • Try to book a direct flight whenever possible.
  • All natural pet calmers are better than prescription tranquilizers to keep your pet calm yet safe.
Moving Tips if You Are Driving with Your Pets:
  • Don’t let your dog ride with his or her head hanging out of the car window. Besides the safety considerations, the dirt and debris can cause injury or infection.
  • Plan to stop frequently to walk your dog and allow him or her to exercise.
  • As you likely already know, never leave your pet alone in the car. The temperature in the car can get hotter than outside. Plus, even if the weather is cool, your pet is likely to become stressed out I left alone in a strange environment.
  • Keep a small, covered litter box in the car in case of accidents.

Getting Your Pet Settled into Your New Home with Your Pet

Once you have arrived home, it is time for your pet to learn that this is his or her new home too. Leave their carrier out so that they have a familiar place to retreat for safety and comfort. Here are 5 tips that will help you get your pet acclimated to your new home:
  1. Put out familiar toys.
  2. Set out food and water.
  3. Set up the litter box (for cats).
  4. Provide a treat.
  5. Allow your pet to explore their new home.

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