When it comes to moving, it is always stressful for everyone in the household. (I tend to have less stress when I hire residential moving companies near me.) During the move, pets need extra care because they can not understand the concept of moving or relocating. The house full of construction equipment, boxes, and general chaos will frighten and intimidate most pets.
There are things you can do to make the whole process to move easier for you and your furry, feathered friends.
First, you will want to do a couple of weeks before the move is, take your pet to the vet. This is especially important for older pets and pets with chronic diseases. Ask your vet if your elderly or sickly animals can stand and move about in the new location and if they require additional vaccinations.
When you pack your pet’s belongings, place all belongings in a clearly marked box, so you can set the cage or box immediately when you arrive at your new home and get your pet calmed down. It is important that you set aside all the necessities to take care of your pet when you are on your way to your new home.
Now is not the time to make any dietary change or disrupt medication schedules with your pet for they will experience at least a certain amount of physical as well as mental stress related to the move.
When you get to your new home, you will want to wait until the first unloading turmoil has passed, to introduce your pet to your new home. You may want to rent a pet friendly motel room or use a local kennel to keep your pet out of the moving madness.
Be careful not to leave your pet in the car for a long time due to heating or cooling will further emphasize their already stressed immune systems. If you can only find a place in your new home to keep pets while unpacking, make sure everyone knows to leave the door closed.
Once the chaos has passed let your pet to explore the new house. Watch dogs and cats closely as they may be inclined to want to mark their new areas or explore the half-emptied moving boxes. If you have a fenced yard let your dogs explore or take them for a quick walk around the block. You have to assess all outdoor hazards like a pit bull next before letting your cat outside porch. The best way to reduce the stress on your pet is to get back into a routine as soon as possible.
You will also need to familiarize yourself with the laws in your new community. Apply for any necessary licenses whenever possible and make sure to update your pet’s identification tags. You should also have a look at a few local vets and pet services before you move. Try to get recommendations from your previous vet, but if this is not possible, ask some of your new neighbors who they would recommend for health care, grooming and pet sitting. If you have pet insurance then you will have a referral from your provider so that you will know whether your new vet is covered or not.
Finally, birds and fish require much more care when moving. You can check the internet for tips on specific requirements. If the climate is very different where you move, you must make sure you have supplies for your new house to accommodate the change in temperature of your sensitive pets. Birds are particularly easily stressed by temperature changes and you will not want to find yourself having to buy an extra heater on the day you are unloading a moving truck.
A little planning can help make the transition less traumatic experience for you and your pet.