Moving with Pets

This was a popular blog post so we wanted to repost it. It’s important to make sure you properly plan a move when you have pets in the family home.

Your pets are part of your family and you want to be sure to take care of them during a hectic move. Pets are particular about their sleeping areas, favorite hiding spots and the location of their food bowls so any disruption in your beloved pet’s life can cause stress and depression. Be sure to ease the transition to a new home by following these tips from veterinarians.

Be sure you have a sturdy collar with updated ID tags that has a cell phone number and pet’s name on it. If on a long distance move – be sure to have the new address listed on it as well.

Just like their mom and dad, pets need to have their health records on file. Be sure to have your vet print your pet’s medical history, which should include all vaccinations and any treatments they have undergone. Some pets may need additional health certificates depending on where you are moving to so be sure to have vet’s phone number handy if you need follow up information. If your pet has any prescriptions, be sure to refill them before the move and that you have enough to cover you while you settle into your new home.

Your pets will find some solace in a yummy snack. Be sure to stock up on their favorite treats and reward them during the move.

Purchase a sturdy travel crate (size dependent if you are flying or driving and breed / size of pet) and place a blanket and toys inside it a few days prior to move so your pets get used to the crate. Once the movers arrive, put your pet in the crate. Remember a nervous pet may try to escape. Always label the CRATE with signs PET INSIDE! DO NOT DISTURB.

Do not open the crate until you have secured a quiet area of new home. Make sure windows, cabinets and doors are shut so your pet can’t make a run for it. Put out their water bowl, blanket, toys in one spot next to the crate and open the door. Let them explore their new surroundings slowly and keep the crate open as some pets may feel safer napping in there until they get used to the new home.

If flying with a pet, be sure to contact your vet first and check the airline policies.

But the best tip is to make sure your pet knows he is loved and not being abandoned. Be sure to lavish them with attention so they know this is a family affair.

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