Moving is almost never a fun activity, even when you’re just changing neighbourhood. But, when you add pets to the equation, the thought of your scheduled moving day may become the stuff of nightmares. However, it doesn’t have to be this way. As always, some planning ahead can save you a lot of trouble and make this process less stressful. Remember that pets are like emotional magnets – they can sense your emotions and mirror them, so make sure you come up with a good plan and stick to it. Here are some essential tips to get you started.
Call your vet
Your vet is your best ally when it comes to taking care of your pet and moving isn’t an exception. First of all, determine if that vet is going to still be your vet when you move across town. If it’s too far, ask your vet to recommend a colleague close to your new home. If you’re about to change the vet, which might turn out to be no laughing matter, you’ll need to transfer your pet’s medical records and vaccination certificates.
Next, update your pet’s identification tag and the information on the microchip. Don’t wait to move to do this – due to stress, your pet is more likely to run away so you’ll want it to have the right address. Travelling even a small distance within the same city can be very stressful to your pet, so ask your vet to prescribe some mild sedatives.
Prepare for the trip
Pack all of your stuff on time and use Transfervans to find a reliable mover. Once you got this covered, you should start preparing for the transfer of your family and pets. Try to keep your normal schedule on a moving day. Pets love routine, it makes them feel secure, so give them food or take them for a walk at the same time as you always do.
Sedated or not, your pets shouldn’t be able to run free in the car – it’s just not safe for driving. Groom your dog a week before moving to prevent any unpleasant odours and excessive shedding. If you know your pet gets anxious in the vehicle, keep something familiar at hand – their favourite toys, bed or blanket, and, of course, treats. As for the food and water, keep them on hand, too, regardless of the distance you’re about to travel.
Double check your new home
Inspecting a house/apartment for pests and dealing with it is a must before moving into a new place. It’s good both for your own and your pets’ health. They’ll get curious about their new residence and wish to sniff every corner of it, so you’ll want it to be as safe as possible.
The same goes for your new backyard – inspect it carefully and make sure totally safe for your dog or cat. Remove any harmful items or chemicals and check any escape routes – remember that your pet will be confused and need time to adapt. Keep them inside the house for a few nights and gradually allow them to spend time outside. If it’s going to take some time before moving into your new home, you’ll probably need to stay in a hotel or with family/friends. Either way, make sure your temporary accommodation is pet-friendly.
Pamper your pet
As we’ve already mentioned, pets can sense your emotions and respond to them. Just like humans, they need extra care when hard times come, so make sure you spoil your pet during the process of moving. Feed them their favourite food, lay out items familiar to them and, what’s most important – spend some time with them. Let them learn about their new surroundings – take them for a long walk, introduce them to a nearby park, and let them find their place in your new backyard. They need to associate your new home as a positive place and those things take some time and patience.
When moving, you should treat your pet as you would treat a family member – be extra careful, have patience, and let them adapt. After that, all you have to do is to enjoy your new home with your beloved animal.