One of the things that can cause the most stress when you’re getting ready to move into a new home, is figuring out how you’ll transition your pets into the new space. Whether your family is moving across the country or just across town, having to get your pets moved physically and then acclimated to a new environment can be a stressful situation. But there are a few simple tips you can use to help make moving with your pets easier than you were expecting.
- Get in Touch with Your Vet. Whether you have a pet that gets stressed out easily or not, it’s important to talk to your vet before you move. You’ll want to update your current address if you’re moving nearby and if you’re going very far, they may be able to recommend a new vet and then forward your pet’s records. If your pet is easily stressed out by car or plane rides, you might want to talk about options for sedating your pet during the duration of the move.
- Get your pet acclimated to its’ carrier. If your pet isn’t used to traveling in its’ carrier, then begin to leave it out where your pet can see it and smell it at least a week before the move.
- Stay calm. We all know that our pets can read our moods, and this is important to remember when moving time comes. If you’re acting stressed out, your pet is going to pick up on that and will be stressed out and scared to. Try to remain calm and act like everything is normal. You don’t want your pet to be afraid that the change will affect his or her life or relationship with you.
- Don’t let pets loose in the car. Make sure that your pets stay securely in their carriers until you arrive at the destination because in the event of an accident you wouldn’t want them to get away, especially not somewhere in between the old and new homes.
- Move your pet last. When moving a pet, you want them to be the last things you move. Move everything else in the home, and then come back and get the pet, so that you’re cutting down on the stress and worrying about less things at once. Get everything else taken care of so that you can take your time and focus on giving your pet the attention and time it deserves.
- Traveling with pets other than cats and dogs: This can be tricky but is doable. If you have fish, you can transport them in gallon jugs or plastic bags filled with their tank water. However, it’s best not to transport them long distances if you can avoid it. Guinea pigs have sensitive hearts and can’t be moved around too much so it’s important that you place them in small carriers where they are packed in tight enough to feel cozy but not uncomfortable.
When you follow these tips, you can make your move with pets a far less hairy situation than you imaged it to be!
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