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Getting Pets Prepared for a Move

by Feb 11, 2020

We love our furry friends and want them to be as happy as possible, but a move is a big stress factor for your pets. Cats and dogs are especially sensitive to new environments, and just like you have to get used to your new surroundings, so do they. No transition is easy, and all pets will react in their own way. However, there’s a few things you can do to make the move streamlined and as stress free as possible.

There are also tips for moving smaller animals and fish, but for now, we’ll focus on common pets such as dogs and cats.

1 – Find a safe spot

Oh boy, do animals dislike noise and commotion. When your pets see their home getting rearranged in strange ways, it’s sure to stress them out. So, when possible, keep them in a quiet environment away from the hustle and bustle. If possible, have a friend keep an eye on them while the big move is done. This way they won’t feel as strained as you prepare to transition them for the new place.

2 – Keep a prep kit ready

When you’re ready to move your pet, make sure you have a kit ready to “hit the ground running” with all four paws. Food, toys, medicine, blankets, and other relevant items should be ready once they transition. It will give them a safe corner to find comfort in while they get used to their surroundings.

3 – Have treats

Treats help associate your pet with positive experiences. Have treats in their kennel, during the ride, and when they arrive in the new place. It’s a small thing to help with the process, and while your pet will need time to acclimate, the treat says: “being here is a positive experience.”

4 – Keep your pet secure

When transitioning, always have your pet in a kennel or close by. Once in a new location, off-leash (or otherwise) your pet can easily get frightened and run off. Because the area is new, that’s a guarantee for them to get lost, so take that precaution.

5 – Find vet services

If you’re moving a far distance, find local vets as soon as possible and emergency clinics. Though it’s unlikely, anything can happen during a move, and if your pet needs medicine or medical care you’ll want to be prepared. Also, be sure to contact your previous vet and let them know you’re moving so they can have the proper paperwork ready in case of an emergency.

Overall, keep the process as peaceful as possible. Pets react poorly to noise and too much change at once. After the move, allow them to explore their surroundings and give them a place of safety. Soon they’ll be as comfortable as you!

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