Moving can be stressful, dull, and even hectic. Moving requires a lot of planning and energy that can stress even the calmest person. If you are moving, you know how difficult it can be to accomplish with young children or pets. Most people have lots of toys, food, treats, a dog house, and possibly even clothes for their pets. Follow these six steps to make moving day manageable for your pet.
Step 1: A Pet-friendly Home
Make sure your new home is pet-friendly. You don’t want a home with no yard or no room for your pet to run around and expend energy. Keep your pet in mind when choosing a living space.
Step 2: Make Room for Your Pet
To make moving easier with all of your pet’s accessories, try using a storage unit to store the bigger things like a dog house or larger toys so that all the pet’s belongings are in one quick and convenient place to find. Also consider placing items in the moving truck that you would usually store in the car in order to make room for you pet in the car during the move.
Step 3: Find a Vet
Contact your vet so you can update shots, possibly obtain sedatives, get all the records and/or vaccination certificates your pet may have, refill all prescriptions your pet may need, and get valuable recommendations for a new vet in your area.
Step 4: Make It Feel Like Home
Once you arrive in your new home, bring your pet into the new residence and play with him, place familiar or favorite things they are used to around the house, and check the outside grounds (front and back) to make sure they are a safe place for your pet to play daily.
Step 5: Update I.D. Tags
Make sure to change your pet’s I.D. tags, and register them in case they happen to escape. You don’t want a lost pet in a new area without an I.D. tag.
Step 6: Reward at Home
Giving your pets little treats in the new home will also help your pet associate his new surroundings with love and other positive things to follow.
These six simple steps can be followed and modified to help any and all pets adjust to the new home and be comfortable during the moving process. Just make sure to take the pet’s feelings into consideration, as well as their health and safety, and you and your pets will travel and move into a new home without a hitch.