Before the Move:
- GIVE PETS EXTRA ATTENTION
This helps assure the pet that all is OK and you are still there for them
- TRY TO PACK A ROOM OR TWO AT A TIME.
This helps to avoid an abrupt change to your pets’ environment. Always start packing in rooms the pet rarely visits
- PLAN A VISIT TO YOUR VET
Talk to your vet about upcoming move to make sure your records are up to date and have current vaccines and county tags. This is also an excellent time to get your pet microchipped.
- PLAN YOUR MOVE
Make sure your new residence accepts pets. Some have weight and breed restrictions. Pack a bag with food, treats and favorite toys. If your pet is not used to a crate, now is an appropriate time to introduce one. A crate can provide a safe and familiar place for your pet during the stressful moving day.
It is a stressful day for everyone. The safest way to transport dogs is in a crate. With movers coming in and out, it is best to keep dogs crated until movers are finished. Then slowly introduce dog to new surroundings. Make sure you have dog leashed first time outside in new surroundings. Make sure you have a collar with up-to-date pet ID tags attached.
Moving is very stressful for cats. If possible, leave cat crated until after movers have left. If crate upsets cat, then have movers set up a bedroom first filled with familiar toys, food bowls and litter box. Place note on door: DO NOT OPEN! CAT LOOSE IN ROOM. After movers have finished, let cat out to explore new home on his own terms. Cats are very sensitive to their environment and it may take a few days before they settle and feel comfortable in new surroundings.
AFTER THE MOVE:
- Give your pet plenty of attention. Introduce new surroundings slowly. This includes other dogs, walking areas and people. It sometimes takes up to a week for a pet to fully settle into new home.