Just as moving can be stressful for us, it can also be traumatic for your pet. Even the best-behaved pet can become anxious when introduced into a new environment. Having a plan in place will keep you calm and help make them as comfortable as possible during this transition.
1. Pack a bag for your pet
This should include things such as bedding, toys, treats, food & water, bowls, leashes, and even a pet first-aid kit. Having all of this ready in addition to their crate or kennel is smart so that you can keep them comfortable not only during the move, but also while you’re unpacking and settling in.
2. Consult your vet before you move
Ensuring your pet is in good health for travelling is one of the first steps you should take. If your pet is due for shots, now is a good time to get them. If they are anxious in the car it may also be wise to get them a sedative. If you are travelling a far distance and will require a new vet, getting a copy of your records and vaccination certificates is also a good idea.
3. Remove them from the action
On the day of the move, the best thing to do is to leave your pets with a friend or a kennel for the day if possible. If this is not possible, it’s best to keep your pets in a room that is quiet and removed from the action. Make sure you check on them regularly and ensure they are well hydrated and fed.
4. Transport them yourself
Cats, dogs, and small animals can be put in a carrier or kennel and transported to your new home in the back of the car. Many animals get nervous if transported by a stranger, and it’s not safe to have them in a moving truck in case something moves around during transport.
5. Update their ID tags
You know what they say; it’s better to be safe than sorry! If they’re micro chipped, update this as well. It’s easier to change it prior to your move, just in case they get out and get lost as they are in a new environment.
6. Spoil your pet during this time
It’s not uncommon for pets to refuse food or water during the move. Offer them treats and encourage them to eat. Try to take time every few hours to walk or play with them so that they don’t feel neglected. Sticking to your routine as much as possible during the move will help them feel less anxious, so try and stick to a regular feeding and walking schedule if you can.
Having a plan in place is the best way to ensure both you and your furry friend has a great moving day experience. Don’t forget to enjoy your new home with your pet!