Making the move to a new home can be an exciting but stressful change for you and your pets. Pets may be as sensitive as we are and the stress associated with moving can wear them out. As you make your moving arrangements, it is important that you note the several factors this article highlights on how to help your pet cope with the movement process; before and after.
Before you move
If you are moving to a new area far from your current home, inform your vet so that they can give you with the pet’s records and medication prescriptions to help calm your dog on the moving day. Your pet may suffer from travel sickness on the move day. Ask them for a recommendation or referral to a reliable vet in your new neighborhood.
Identity Collar tag
Get an identity collar with your name and pets identity information written on it. The dog or cat should wear the collar on the moving day so that if they get lost, a Good Samaritan will find them and contact you of their whereabouts.
Move the pet to a Friend’s or Neighbor’s place
Animals, especially dogs, can be disturbed by the presence of strangers from the moving company coming in and out of your home to carry property. Make some arrangements to have your pet stay with a neighbor, friend or relative on the move day. You can even decide to let them stay there for a few days after moving to help you focus on settling in the new home without worrying about the pet’s comfort.
During the Moving Day
Keep the animals indoors
Much commotion during the moving day can disturb your animal and prompt them to escape. Keep them indoors in a quiet room to make them relax.
Move the pets in your car
The pet should travel with you in the car. Get a comfortable kennel. You should also carry a kit with dog food, toys and a kitty litter to sustain your pet during the moving and unpacking time.
After the Move
Make the animal Comfortable
Pets need time to adjust to their new surroundings. It can be difficult for them, especially dogs. Dogs are highly sensitive to smell and will easily realize their environment is new. Make them comfortable by showing them their rooms, their usual toys and use scents they are familiar with to spray their surroundings. They will pick up the scent fast and adapt to the environment easily.
Keep the pets indoors
For cats, keep them indoors in the new house for about 24 hours before letting them out. Make sure the compound is secure by checking for any loopholes in the fence.
Get new collar tag with the areas details
Get your pet’s new tags with details on the new address engraved in them. This will ensure easy identification if they stray into the new neighborhood.
Looking for more tips for relocating to a new area? Give The Laura Castillo Group a call at 432-701-0506.