Long-distance moving is a complicated process that involves a lot of planning and strategy to make sure that you’re embarking on the most successful, straightforward, and smooth move possible. When moving over long distances or out-of-state with pets, the planning process should be even more thorough and complete to ensure that they’re taken care of and that you have everything you need to make things less stressful for not only yourself but for them as well.
For pets, moving over any distance can be very disorienting and stressful, and long-distance moves can only add to these feelings. Before you embark on a long-distance move with pets, check out our complete guide so that you’re completely prepared.
Understandably, a long-distance move can be very confusing for your pet. This applies to not only moving day and the travel involved itself, but also in the time leading up to your move, whether your pet will witness you packing and moving items around without knowing why you’re doing so. Though it would be convenient to be able to talk to them and make sure they’re comfortable and know why you’re moving things around your space, it can be hard to know what to do to quell their uneasiness.
To make your pets feel more secure leading up to moving day, the best thing you can do is remain consistent and in your usual routine with them. Don’t change up their diet, their feeding or walking schedule, or anything that they’re used to in their day today. Keeping their routine the same even in a changing environment will make things easier for them.
If you’re going to be traveling with your pet, make sure you stock up on their food, just in case it isn’t readily available during your travels or when you arrive at your new home. Additionally, if your pet isn’t used to being driven around in a vehicle, or if it’s an indoor animal that isn’t used to being in a carrier or crate, try to make positive associations with their carriers or the car so that they’ll be less stressed on their journey.
If your pet is anxious or gets carsick, make sure to consult your vet to see if you can get any anti-anxiety medications for the drive or plane ride, as well as any supplements to aid with motion sickness.
When movers are constantly coming in and out of your home with heavy items, it’s not the best environment to have an anxious pet running around, or hiding in areas that might need to be accessed. Having your pet lose on moving day can not only stress them out a lot more than they already are, but can pose a safety hazard to themselves, you, and your movers.
Try to keep your pet in an empty room with food and water while your movers move items in and out of your house, or keep them in the yard or with friends or family during the process. Once you’re confident everything is moved and good to go, you can load them into the car or go to get them so that you can start on your journey. As long as they’re safe and out of the way, they’re good to go.
Now that you know how to prepare and take care of your pet before and during a move, make sure you have the best long-distance movers on your side for the job. EE Ward Moving & Storage has the best long-distance moving services for you and your family. See how our customized moving packages can work for you today.