Moving House with Pets

   

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Moving with pets

We all know that moving house can one of the most stressful and chaotic times in one’s life, and can be amplified even more when pets are added to the equation.

Therefore, we have taken it upon ourselves to provide you with some great tips for moving house with pets that are sure to make your life just that little bit easier.

Let’s start off by recognizing the fact that moving to a new environment is an extremely stressful and traumatic event for a pet who may not understand what is going on.
  • One of the first things to do, that is relatively simple, is to pack a travel bag for your beloved animal ensuring that your pet has enough food, entertainment and comfort during the journey. Once you’ve done this, a great step to take is to keep your pet away from the chaos of moving. A simple way to do this is to place them in a quiet room or a quiet area where they can be removed from the noise and chaos that is always present during a move.
  • Your pet’s health and wellbeing is of the utmost importance, therefore it’s crucial to inform your preferred veterinary practitioner of your move so that they can take the necessary steps to obtain and transfer any necessary records and/or prescriptions that your pet may have. A great preparatory step to take is to do an internet search for reputable vets in your new area. Google reviews and Facebook reviews are usually pretty trustworthy as a source for ratings.
  • Make sure to update all of your pet’s microchip information.
  • A good step to take to ensure your pets safety and comfort is to, if you can, pet proof your new home before settling in. Take note to remove any possible poisonous house plants and confirm that there are no pest-control poison traps that have been left around the property, as this could create serious hazards for your pet.
Before making the big move, a good step to take is to plan your trip ahead of time. Since you will most likely have to place your pets in a kennel or crate, you should get them used to such conditions. A good way to prepare your pets for the move is to get them acclimated to their crates or kennels. You can do this by placing treats into the crate/kennel, or even have them eat their meals there with the door shut - this helps develop an appreciation and a more comfortable feeling towards the crate/kennel so that when it comes to moving day, they won’t be afraid.

These are just some of the simple steps you can take to help ease the stress of moving - and remember that moving to a new environment, apart from the stress, is a very exciting endeavor, so be sure to enjoy the process as much as you can. Your pets are also very responsive to your emotions, so keep that in mind at all times. Enjoy your new home!


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