If you’re an animal lover then you understand that your pets truly are a part of the family. Of course, that means that when you move, the go with you! Moving is a stressful experience for the human members of your family, but your pets are likely even more stressed out then you are. Check out these steps you can take to ensure the moving experience is as easy as possible on both you and your pets.
6 Tips On Moving With Pets
Contact Your Vet
Before moving day arrives you should be sure to consult with your vet. They can give you your pet’s records, as well as refills for any medications they may need. If you’re moving to an unfamiliar area, be sure to ask for new vet recommendations!
Prepare an Overnight Kit
After completing your move you’ll be left with mountains of unpacked boxes and unorganized rooms. To ensure you have access to the essentials your pets need on a day to day basis, pack an overnight kit. Put the kit in a location that is easy to find and try to stick to the routine that your pets are used to.
Keep Your Pets Away from the Action
We recommend keeping your pets away from the chaos on moving day. Ideally, you should leave them at a kennel or with a close friend for the day. If that isn’t an option, try to clear out an area of the house that they can stay in to avoid getting overwhelmed.
Take Your Pet in a Vehicle
To physically move your pet from the old home to the new home you should take them in your personal vehicle. Put them in a kennel first if need be, but don’t allow them to ride in a moving vehicle or another unfamiliar car.
Keep Your Pet Secluded
Rather than showing your pet their new home right after moving, try to keep them secluded until you can make space feel more familiar for them. Set up one room of the new home and then keep your pet in that area until the rest of the home is ready for them.
Update Their Info
Of course, a new home comes with a new address. Take some time to update their tags and microchip information in case they find a way to escape their new home. Above all else, remember that moving is a big event for your pet. Try to find the time to give them the extra attention and patience they want while they adjust to the new space.