Moving with Pets: Easing the Transition

Moving your Pet is stressful for both owner and pet. The sudden change in routine and their environment is very unsettling for pets, as is relocating to an unfamiliar place. Fortunately, there are ways you can make moving your pet easier on both you and them. If you are prepping for a move, here are a few things you should do to make this change easier on your beloved fur-child.

As You Pack, Find Them a Quiet Space

The commotion of packing can send your pet into a stressed panic. The best way to prevent this is to set aside a quiet space and remove them from the action. The best option might be to take them to a daycare or friend’s house while you pack things up.

If you can’t manage that, you may want to place them in a kennel or quiet room with the door shut. Though locking your pet away might make you feel a little guilty, it will cause your pet less stress than watching you demolish their space.

If Possible, Transport Your Pet in Your Own Vehicle

When you are moving your pet, he/she will feel more secure if they are riding in a familiar vehicle. If your animal likes cozy spaces, they may handle the move even better with a blanket thrown over their carrier. If you can’t take your own vehicle to your new home, fill the carrier with blankets and clothes that smell like you and your old place. This will comfort your pet and help make them feel more at home.

When You Arrive, Unpack as Much as Possible Before Freeing the Pet

Though it can be tempting to let your pet explore the open space in their new home, it will be better for their transition if you are able to unpack a little first. If the new environment already has familiar smells and objects, it will be far easier for your pet to accept that this is home now.

Change Makes Pets Jittery, No Matter How Trustworthy

Even the most obedient pet can begin acting out when they realize change is coming. If your dog doesn’t usually need a leash or carrier, now is the time to use these tools. Once you have moved, the pet is in an unfamiliar place, will not have updated microchip information, and if far more likely to misbehave or get lost. Don’t risk the safety of your furry friend. Use precautions.

Make Sure You Have Made Preparations

Moving requires a lot of pre-planning, particularly with pets. You will need to locate a new veterinarian, update microchip information, scout pet-friendly hotels for longer moves, and pre-plan any flights that will have animals on board. Once you know you are moving, start planning. The more prepared you are, the easier the move will be for both you and your pet.

Though your move may seem stressful, keep in mind that things will settle down, and your pet will soon relax and be back to their usual self. Reinforce your pet’s prior training, make sure they know where to find their food and water, and give them time. Soon enough, everyone will be calling the new place home.