Moving is an exciting time. However, it requires a certain amount of adjustment. It can be even more stressful for your furry friends. You may be wondering how to move with your pets, but it’s not that difficult if you follow some basic guidelines.
Here are some tips for moving long distance with pets:
1. Talk to your vet
Before you take your pet to a new location, it’s a good idea to see your local vet one last time. During this visit, talk to your vet about how the new environment might affect your pet physically. You’ll also want to be sure to bring all medical records and medications with you.
Ideally, you will locate a new veterinarian in your new location beforehand so that you can tell your old vet exactly where to send the information.
2. Update all tags
Moving is one of the most common times for pets to get lost. It makes sense. The pet doesn’t know the new location. It’s easy to see how they can get confused if they manage to escape. Be sure to have their tags updated with the new address so that if someone finds them, they can bring them to the correct location. Double check that your phone number is updated as well.
3. Keep them away from the chaos
Moving can be chaotic. Don’t let your pets get caught up in the chaos by keeping them isolated. Consider keeping them in a kennel or with a friend or family member for a couple of days. While you might miss your pets for a couple of days, they will probably be much more comfortable. This also gives you the opportunity to set up your home before the pet arrives. This will make it more familiar for your pet.
4. Introduce your pet slowly
A new environment can be intimidating to a pet. Start small by putting your pet into a designated area of your new home to get familiar with that particular spot. It’s best if you introduce them to an area that will become a common place for them. After they become used to that area, allow them to explore more and more areas of your new home.
5. Make them comfortable
Your pet deserves to be comfortable in their new home. Make sure that they are surrounded by their favorite beds and toys. The more comforts from home they have, the more comfortable they will be. You can even get them new items if their old items seem old and dingy.
Your new home is the next stage of your life. Of course, you’re going to want to bring your pet on this journey with you! However, it’s a good idea to introduce them to your new location in a way that will make them (and you) as comfortable with the move as possible.