It’s well known that moving is generally a stressful event for us humans, but did you know it can stress out your four legged friends too?
Most of our furry friends are perfectly content to stay within familiar territory and prefer their set routines, so moving and adjusting to an unfamiliar environment or having their routine thrown off can cause them quite a bit of anxiety – sometimes even resulting in health issues or bad behaviors.
Thankfully, there are some steps you can take to ease the transition for them. Check them out below!
Preparing Your Pet
Schedule a trip to the vet: At your appointment, make sure your little loved one isn’t dealing with any surprise health issues, talk to your vet about your plans to move, and be sure to grab a copy of their paperwork while you’re at it. This will ensure that your pet is in good shape for your big move, and your vet can likely provide some solid, professional advice on how to best travel with your pet. For some, kenneling is recommended, and for our other more anxious travelers, the vet may recommend medication to help them sleep through the move altogether.
Decide the best way to travel with your pet: Whatever you decide, make sure your pet is both comfortable and secure. After all, you don’t want your pet to distract you while driving or get scared by shifting boxes.
Make a moving day plan for your pet: For some, it’s easiest to have a family member or friend watch their pet while moving, whereas other pets are perfectly content to curl up in their kennel or play in the yard.
Confine your pet in a safe area: With a dog or cat underfoot, you may trip or step on a tail or two while packing up your moving vehicle. Confining your pet to a room, their kennel, or the yard – depending on where they feel most comfortable – is always a good idea.
Comfort items are a must for our more anxious furry friends: Anxious pets will feel much more safe with their favorite toy or blanket close by. It will also smell familiar to them – just like home!
Introduce them to their new home: While cats will likely need one room to hide in for a bit before they feel comfortable exploring the rest of the house, your dogs will probably want the run of the place to sniff out their new home.
After The Big Move
Find a new groove: From morning routines to feeding times, your furry friend will acclimate with ease once they get established in their new routine.
It’s time for a new veterinarian too: Make sure to find a vet that’s conveniently located and treats your pet like the loved one they are!
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