The boxes are sealed and the cat is missing. Not a good way to start a move. Aside from simply keeping an eye on your pet on moving day, here are some tips that we hope will help make your move a smoother, safer one for your pets.
Prepping your new place for your pet’s arrival.
Your new home is your pet’s new home, too! If you’re still at the searching stage, think like a dog, or cat. It might be a challenge but try. Will your prospective new palace make them feel at home, too? It will be an adjustment for them, so be confident it will have the amenities they’re accustomed to, and hopefully one or two new ones that will bring them new joys.
It’s best to move the house before you move the pet. Make sure food, toys, bedding, and other items that your pet is used to are together in one place in your new home. Familiarity makes for a happy adjustment. Also, confining your pets to just one area helps them slowly and more comfortably get used to their new surroundings.
Schedule veterinarian visits.
Before moving, take your pet to the vet and get an up-to-date record of vet visits, vaccinations, medications. Once you have settled into your new place, you’ll be ready for that first visit to the local veterinarian. You’ve probably found that your pet has helped you make social connections– and that’s even more important after your move. Break the ice with your neighbours by asking for vet recommendations. You may enjoy the added bonus of seeing your pet make some BFF’s with other like species.
Changing your address means changing your pet’s address, too.
You’ve done a change of address for yourself. Make sure you’ve done one on behalf of your pet. That may involve a local license change, collar and crate ID info. It will also involve a change to the contact information associated with your pet’s microchip ID, if he or she has one.
Arrange for a stay with a friend or kennel.
The many moving day activities and noise in your home can create a stressful environment not just for your kids — and you– but also for your pet. If you’ve got a friend who likes your pet– ask them to pet-sit on moving day. This way your pet will get not only some much-needed attention– but also their food, medicine, and walks.
Check airline and hotel rules for pets.
Are you flying or driving to your new home? Airline moves are generally tricker and require more homework and preparation. Make sure your pet complies with airline policies. The stress doesn’t necessarily end once you’ve arrived the destination airport. The last thing you want is the delivery of your pet to a baggage area before you get there. It’s called airline over-efficiency and it could strike at an inopportune time. To avoid the potentially panicked situation of your pet’s arrival in baggage before your own, arrange for a punctual friend to be there early.
If you’re traveling by car and need to “hotel it”on the way, research hotels that are pet-friendly before setting off. There are plenty of websites that offer information on great pet-friendly hotels. Some hotels have a weight limit or other restrictions– so have a careful look at all requirements before you book your stay.
Treat Your Pet
If you have a dog, they’ll want to roam free on arrival– and you’ll need a stretch and fresh air, too. Locate a local dog park you can visit soon after arrival. And here’s a small moving expense that will bring your pet joy: a new treat or toy. They’ll deserve it, we’re sure!
Need more tips? Check our other blogs or just call us at 1-877-687-1746 with specific questions. We’re here to help . You can also make an online inquiry and request a moving quote.