Tips for Moving House with Your Pet
Moving house can be stressful not only for you but also for your pet. Your pet’s misery is likely to be compounded by the fact that it cannot express its frustration in the same way you do.
Although shifting with your pet is not a cakewalk, these practical tips can make relocation less traumatic for your furry buddy.
Plan Well to Reduce Stress
- Register with a new vet: Do not wait until your pet becomes sick or wounded. Find a vet in the new locality before relocating. Find out if your pet will need any preventative medication or vaccinations.
Keep all prescriptions and medical files on hand to transfer to the new vet.
- Check local laws: Be aware of the local pet laws in your new neighbourhood. Identify whether you require a new license, what the leash laws are and whether any breed bans are in place.
- Microchip your pet: Pets going astray may be rare but not unheard of. So, plan for the likelihood of your pet losing its way in the new surroundings. A microchip is a small computer chip that’s implanted under the pet’s skin.
- Plan where to put up your pet in the new home: Decide where you’d like to install your pet’s bed in your new abode long before moving. This will make the transition smoother.
- Check your pet’s insurance: Check whether the pet’s insurance is valid and up to date. If you haven’t taken insurance yet, consider getting one immediately. You never know when the pet may get injured during transit.
- Stick to the routine: Do not introduce changes in the pet’s daily routine all of a sudden. Making abrupt changes in your dog’s normal routine will cause undue stress. Although you may have to bring in some changes owing to a new job, try maintaining the same schedule as long as possible.
Readying the Pet for the Journey
- Get the pet ready for what lies ahead: Introduce your pet to the new world by simulating new noises or by taking them to similar environments. If your new home isn’t far, take them for a walk and even introduce them to the neighbours.
- Consider crate training: If you believe you’ll need to transfer your pet in a crate to keep him safe and secure during the trip, crate train your pet now. Put them in a crate on your shopping trips or trips to the vet. The idea is to make him get used to the crate.
- Pack up in advance: You might have noticed your dog getting anxious the last time you pulled out your travel bag for a trip. Imagine how your dog will react when the entire house is being packed up. Condition your pet by having a few suitcases and boxes out well before time so they don’t become anxious.
- Keep anxiety medication handy: Ask your vet about anxiety medication for the pet to keep him calm during the trip.
On the D-day
- Take extra care in packing the pet’s belongings: Be sure to pack items your pet is most attached with like bedding, toys, and towels, apart from the basics.
- Entrust the dog under the care of a pet sitter: Unusual activity in the home in the days leading up to the D-day could make your dog anxious. Consider entrusting the pet under the care of a pet sitter.
- Make your pet feel safe and comfortable in the car: Ensure your pet feels safe and comfortable inside the car. Make sure the interior is well-ventilated. Use a safety harness for complete peace of mind.
- Keep an eye out for dog-friendly and off-leash parks: Take frequent breaks if travelling a long distance. Check Google Maps for dog-friendly and off-leash parks on your route. Your dog needs a break as much as you do.
Helping Your Pet to Adapt to His New Home
Familiarise your pet with the immediate environment while you gradually settle down in your new home.
Don’t leave your pet alone in the home at least for the first few weeks. Arrange the pet’s belongings in the same way as they were in his previous home.
Try to maintain the usual routine as much as possible. Last but not the least, spend some quality time with the pet to show you care.
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