If the process of moving to a new home is stressful for you, imagine what it must be like for your pets. Follow these tips to make your move safer and less stressful for you and your furry friends.
Ask for extra prescription refills, gather vet records, and discuss the safest options for moving with your pet. Knowing that your pet is in good health buys you time to properly research a new vet.
Stockpile specialty food.
In case you can’t find special foods right away in your new area, bringing an ample supply will help avoid delays and emergencies.
Microchip and update tags.
Make sure your new address and phone number are visible, and if you haven’t already, this is a great time to microchip your pet.
Do your homework.
Find out what’s required in your new community. There may be stricter leash laws, specific tags required for pet sitting/walking services, or your pet may need new medications to avoid localized pests, like ticks.
Manage your pet’s stress.
Having multiple people moving items in the house can cause stress for pets. Ask a friend to watch your animal companion while this is going on.
Manage the environment.
Keep as many of your pet’s belongings with you during the move as possible, and pack what you must last. Never leave your dog at home alone in an empty house—a barren environment can be extremely stressful, causing behavioral and anxiety issues.
Protect your pet during travel.
Always talk to your vet about the safest possible option for traveling, based on size and breed.
Road trip basics.
Keep your pet safe and secure in a well-ventilated crate or carrier. Your vet may also recommend a calming, all-natural vitamin to reduce stress and help your pet relax. Pack an on-the-go traveling kit with your pet’s food, water, medications, a leash, waste bags, vaccination records, and a toy or blanket to give your pet a sense of familiarity.