Our furry friends need help adjusting to new places just as we do. Normally, pets thrive on routines and familiarity. This means that when surroundings change, it can cause anxiety and fear for them. To make the moving process as smooth as possible for both you and your pet, there are several things you can do to prepare. Here are some tips for moving with pets!

Notify Your Movers:

In some cases movers that you have hired may have pet allergies, so it is important to give them a notice of your pet(s). Here are some more ways you can help your movers:

  • Keep Pet Separate: During the moving process, there are lots of dangers that you will want to keep your pet away from. You can do this by designating a room for the pet(s) so that they are out of the way.
  • Anxious Pets: If your pet is anxious with strangers around, consider looking into medication to help ease it. 
  • Boarding: Another option to help keep your pet safe and calm during the move is by having it boarded at a daycare. This will allow your pet to not have any worries, or get in the way of any moving processes.

Keep Your Routine

One of the best things you can do to reduce your pet’s stress is keep their routine as normal as possible

  • Meal Times: Continuing to feed your pet at the same time regardless of the location can help them not worry about whether or not their next meal is coming.
  • Walks and Play: By walking and physical playing with your pet, you can help them see the new space and surrounding area as normal!
  • Similar Activities: One thing that can soothe your pet during its first days in a new house is continuing to live your normal life. For example, if you watch TV, the sound will help them relax as it is a familiar sound!

Update Pet’s ID:

Before moving it is essential to update your pet’s new details!

  • Collar Tags: By updating the tag on your pet’s collar, you can ensure that if they run away that they can be returned to you!
  • Micro Chip: Another way to ensure the safety of your pet is by updating your address on your microchip info. 
  • Vet: Another thing you must consider if you are doing a long distance move is finding a new vet. This will help keep your pet healthy! 

Plan Transportation:

When it comes to getting your pet to your new location, you have a few different options.

  • Own Vehicle: If the move is not that far of a distance, this option may be best. Chances are your pet has been in your vehicle so they would not be as anxious.
  • Pet Transport Services: If your move is a longer distance, using a pet transportation service to help is a good idea. There are many options for this, so make sure you choose a verified company for this option.
  • Pet Friendly Airlines: If you are moving across the country, you may be going by plane. If so, it is important to look into boarding options for your pet. Some airlines allow passengers to bring smaller pets on board.

Driving With Your Pet:

If you are driving to your new location with your pet, there are precautions you should take to ensure their comfort.

  • Secure: Make sure that your pet is either in a crate or in a harness during the drive to prevent them from slipping around
  • Toys: Surrounding your pet with their favorite toys will help reduce their stress and anxiety.
  • Make Stops: One way to ease the move on your pet is by making stops. This will allow you to take them out to use the restroom and run around. 

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Set Up New Space:

When being in a new space, it is important for your pet to feel welcome. You can do this by:

  • Similar Items: Using your pet’s familiar bed or toys in the new space will help them adjust easier.
  • Same Area: If your pet’s normal space is in your bedroom, keep it in your new bedroom. Leaving your pet in the area it is familiar with can benefit its adjustment.
  • Allow Exploration: It is a new space for your pet, so they will be intrigued by everything. Allow them to check out the new rooms and play outside if you have a backyard. This will help them understand the house is safe, and become more acquainted with the space.

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Pets are important to us, and we want them to feel comfortable during the moving process. With some preparation and planning, you can make this transition as smooth as possible for both of you!