Moving 101

Delicately Moving with Pets

Tips to Successfully Moving with Your Pets

1. Remember that moving your home isn't always just stressful for you, but also your pets too.

Pets notice small changes. When you start to pack your home in boxes, your pets will know that something is different. During this time, make sure you allow them to smell the boxes and suit cases so they understand the change is occuring.

2. Plan accordingly and make sure you have a solid plan to move your pets.

Your pets should either be the first element removed from your house or the last. If you have an older pet who may not handle stress well, it would be wise for this pet to go stay with family members while you pack your old house until you have unpacked your new house. If you have a healthy and flexible animal, make sure they are securely transported in YOUR vehicle. Remember, using a pet carrier to transport your pet is always recommended for their saftey.

3. Do not get a new pet before the big move.
 
Humane societies and veternarians agree that adopting a new pet before a move can be stressful for a pet. New pets require a secure and stress- free environment to be correctly introduced into a household. If you are moving your home, you will not be available to provide the extra attention a new pet requires. Wait to adopt until after you are settled in your new home.

4. If you are moving away from your veternarian, make sure you obtain your pets vet records.

Obtaining your pets veternarian records is an important to- do before you move. By completing this task, you'll be one step ahead for when you take your pet to the new vets office. Your new vet will be aware of your pets previous vaccinations and overall history, enabling your new vet to have the best start to caring for your pet.

5. Make sure you pets tags are attached and up-to-date before moving day.

With open doors and windows during moving day, you will either want to secure your pet in a closed off room, a pet carrier or kennel before all of the commotion begins. You will also want to ensure your pets are wearing their tags and that the contact information is up-to- date in the event that your pet escapes while your belongings are being moved.

6. If you are traveling to your new home and you have to stay at a hotel overnight, make sure your hotel allows for your pet to stay in your room.

Call ahead to inquire whether your pet is allowed to stay inside your hotel room. You may have to pay and extra fee for a pet deposit, but it will be worth it knowing your pet is safe inside with you.

7. Seek the advice of your vet before you move.

Your veternarian knows what is best for your pet. Before you move, contact your vet and describe your individual moving situation and see if he/ she can recommend anything that will lessen the stress of moving your pet.

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