A short list of tips from the experts on how to keep your pet happy and healthy during a move.
Moving is stressful. Period. Even if it is to your dream home it requires great planning and executing said-planning. Although it’s a part of life, moving and getting settled in a new place can also be a nightmare for pets. This article provides you the tips to help successfully move with your pets.
Pack pet items and keep them in an easily accessible place
Pack essential pet food, toys, blankets, and other items that make your pet comfortable during the time you spend traveling and for a minimum of two or three days of unpacking. This helps you avoid any added stress with them until you unpack your things. Besides, you should keep your pet’s bag in a place that you can easily access that allows you to meet all their requirements without any hassles.
Consult with your vet before moving
Before moving to a new place, you should consult your pet’s vet and ensure that your pet has completed all vaccinations until the date of your move and keep a health record that would be helpful when consulting with a new veterinarian. If they know the area, ask them for a recommendation on a new vet.
Prepare pet for travel
You'll have to keep the schedule of your pet weeks ahead of moving as it reduces the stress on your pet and helps assist in keeping them calm and quiet during the moving process. Leaving them with your friend or a kennel won’t be a good idea because of the constant changing of environments. One suggestion is to set up a room or two in the new place before taking your pet inside to slowly help them adjust to their new surroundings.
Find pet-friendly accommodations
If you're moving across state, make sure to think and plan ahead of schedule for over-night stays. This means you'll need to research and book a hotel that is pet-friendly. A lot of the time you can find hotel policies on their website so double check that your companion is welcome beforehand. You'll need to check with the hotel to understand their specific pet policies and if any additional deposits are required.
Make your new home pet-friendly
Before introducing your pet to new surroundings, make sure all doors and windows of your new home are secure. A new place can present unexpected safety concerns for your pet. Make sure to check for any potential holes or escape routes in your home like the backyard or balcony. Plants can also be poisonous to pets so make sure to check your surroundings and ensure they are not harmful. Remember to try and keep your new space clean and clutter-free to reduce any chance that your pet could accidentally get into something harmful.