We love our pets at Hello Home and we want to make sure we plan for our furry family members when making a move. We all know moving can be stressful for pets, but with some careful planning and preparation, you can help make the transition smoother for them.
Here are some moving tips for pets:
Update Identification: Ensure your pet's identification tags and microchip information are up to date with your new contact information. This is crucial - we don't want to lose anyone during the move.
Visit the Veterinarian: Schedule a visit to the veterinarian before your move to make sure your pet is up to date on vaccinations and to obtain any necessary medications or records for the new location.
Pack a Pet Essentials Bag: Prepare a separate bag for your pet with their food, treats, toys, bedding, litter, litter box, leash, collar, and any other items they need. Keep this bag easily accessible during the move. Maybe it's time for a new chew toy or snuggly toy. I know my dogs love those peanut butter filled bones and they love blankets or stuffed animals - they love to snuggle.
Keep Your Pet Secure: During the moving process, keep your pet in a secure and quiet area of the home, away from the chaos. Consider confining them to a specific room with their essentials, or use a crate if they are comfortable with it.
Maintain Routine: Stick to your pet's regular feeding, exercise, and bathroom schedule as much as possible. Familiarity and routine can help reduce stress during the move.
Minimize Exposure to Moving Activities: Keep your pet away from the hustle and bustle of movers and loud noises. Consider confining them to a quiet room or arranging for them to stay with a trusted friend or pet sitter on moving day.
Familiarize Your Pet with the New Home: Once you arrive at your new home, gradually introduce your pet to their new surroundings. Start with a small area and gradually expand their access as they become more comfortable.
Pet-Proof the New Home: Ensure that the new home is safe for your pet by removing any hazards or toxic substances. Secure any potential escape routes and check for any small spaces where they could get stuck.
Give Your Pet Time to Adjust: Understand that it may take some time for your pet to adjust to their new environment. Be patient, provide plenty of attention, and try to maintain a sense of normalcy for them.
Find a New Veterinarian: Research and locate a new veterinarian in your new area. Ask for recommendations from neighbors or friends who have pets in the area. Remember, every pet is unique, and their needs may vary. Take the time to observe your pet's behavior and provide the necessary care and attention to ensure a smooth transition during the move.
Good luck with your furry friends - our furry friends will be thinking of them!