Moving is stressful for humans and pets alike. Pets need stability to feel secure and rely on a consistent routine. All of the stress and chaos of moving can be very difficult for your pet to handle. But moving with your pet doesn’t have to be overly stressful. Here are some tips from the professional movers at E.E. Ward Moving and Storage.
Maintain as normal of a routine as possible. Pets are creatures of habit and a break in routine can be very unsettling. Gradually packing over a period of time can help to not throw off their routine. The goal is to avoid commotion and maintain normalcy throughout the move process.
Stay calm. Pets sense their owner’s energy. When you’re calm, your pet’s calm.
Update your pet’s tags. It’s a good idea to get your pet new ID tags that include your pet’s name, your name, your new address and a telephone number.
Get your pets records from the vet. If you are moving far enough away that you’ll need a new vet, it would be helpful to have an up to date copy of your pet’s vaccinations as well as your pet’s medical history to give to your new vet.
Have a first aid kit prepared. While first aid is not a substitute for emergency pet care, knowing the basic first aid and being prepared could save your pet’s life. Some recommended supplies include, your veterinarian’s phone number, gauze to wrap wounds or to muzzle your pet, adhesive tape for bandages, non-stick bandages, towels, and hydrogen peroxide (3 percent).
Prepare your pet for travel. If you are traveling by car, it is a good idea to make sure your pet is familiar with the car. If you plan to have your pet in a crate during the relocation it is important for your pet to be familiar with and feel safe in the crate. If you plan on traveling by plane, you’ll need to contact the airline about any pet requirements or restrictions. Since travel can be stressful, you may want to consult your vet about ways that may lessen anxiety for your pet.
Keep medications and food on hand. Before leaving, you may want to ask your vet for a prescription refill. If you will be moving to an area where you’ll need a new vet you may not be able to get prescriptions right away since vets can’t write a prescription without a prior doctor/patient relationship. The same preparation should be taken with your pet’s food. It’s a good idea to purchase an extra supply of the food your pet likes before leaving, just in case you aren’t able to find it right away in your new area.
Seclude your pet from chaos. All of the excitement of moving day can make pets feel vulnerable. On moving day, you might want to put your pet in a quiet, safe, well-ventilated place, such as the bathroom, with a “Do Not Disturb! Pets Inside!” sign on the door. You could also make arrangements for your pet to stay with a friend or a neighbor on moving day.
Prepare your new home for pets. The new surroundings may be frightening or confusing for your pet. When you arrive at your new home, immediately set up all of the necessary and familiar things your pet needs. This includes, food, water, medications, bed, litter box, toys, and anything else you think will be comforting. Having these items packed in an easily accessible place would be a good idea. Be sure to keep windows and doors closed while your pet is left unattended. Your pet may instinctively try to find a way out of the new home and back to the former one.
Know your new area. After finding a new veterinarian, you’ll want to ask about any local health concerns, such as heartworm or Lyme disease, as well as making sure there aren’t any new vaccinations or medications your pet may require. It’s also good to be aware of any unique laws in the area. Some cities have restrictive breed laws or “leash laws” you may not be aware of.