Moving With A Dog Or Cat: 5 Tips For Stress-Free Move For Fido & Fluffy
While moving to a new home can be very exciting, it can also be quite stressful if you're moving with pets. The good news is, there are several things we, as pet owners can do to make moving with a dog or cat a much easier transition. Your furry friends will thank you for it!
If you will have your pets present on moving day, have a room cleared out and designated for Fido & Fluffy to ensure that they are free from the chaos of multiple strangers in and out of the house. Tape a “do not disturb” note on the door to keep helpers out. If possible, perhaps a familiar friend or family member can watch over them in the room and keep them calm and comfortable.
Make A "Fido's Favorites" Box
Have a box with all your pet’s essentials – medication, food, snacks, bedding, toys, leash, etc – and make sure it is kept with you, or clearly labeled and easily accessible on the moving truck. The last thing you need after a hectic move is to lose Fido’s food, toys, meds, and leash!
Find A New Vet Prior To Moving
If you’re making a long distance move, ask your current veterinarian for a couple referrals to good vets in your new location. Then check them out and see which one seems like the best fit for you and Fluffy. Be sure and pick up your pet’s vet records or have them sent directly to your new vet.
Remember Safety Rules When Travelling
As always, remember to exercise caution when travelling with pets. It will be tempting to allow Fido & Fluffy to roam freely around the vehicle, especially if they seem confused, upset, or stressed by the move, but this can be dangerous for both you and them. Giving them their own space in a crate can help keep them safe and calm. If flying with your pet, be sure to check your airline’s website for their rules and requirements for pets. Additionally, if you believe your pet may have difficulty making the trip, check with your vet to see if he/she will prescribe an anti-anxiety medication or sedative for your pet during travel.
Update Tags & Microchip Info
Change your pets’ ID tags with your new phone number, or use a cell phone number if your home phone is not set up yet. If your pet has a microchip implant, make sure to update your new address and contact information with them as well. This is especially important if you think Fluffy or Fido may wander off to explore the new area while you’re busy unpacking!