We all know that moving is stressful. In fact, it is often regarded as one of the most stressful major life events. Moving with pets can make the process even more difficult and complicated. Your pets can sense your stress and must adjust to an entirely new environment. Here are some tips for easing the stress on your four-legged friends.
Tips to Help Make Your Move as Stress as Possible for Your Furry Friends
- Remember to pack the essentials for your pet – food, litter, leash, medical records, container, bed and a favorite and familiar toy. Packing for your pet is like packing for yourself for an overnight trip.
- Board your pet while packing – Consider placing your pets in a kennel while you are packing your home so they absorb as little moving stress as possible. If you’re not comfortable with boarding your pets, consider clearing out a room in your current house and placing them in there while you pack and navigate moving day.
- Secure pet records from your current vet – If you are moving far enough away that you will need to change vets, your new vet will need your pet’s records.
- Take your pet with you in your vehicle – Being with you will reduce the stress of your pets, especially dogs.
- Make sure you give your pets bathroom breaks – They will need to relieve themselves as usual.
- Use a leash when traveling – When you stop at rest areas, be sure your pet is on a leash.
- Keep your pets inside at first – When you arrive at your new home, keep your pets inside for a few days at least to help them adjust to their new surroundings.
- Keep your schedule consistent – Try to feed your pets at roughly the same time of day and continue any other routines that you have established with your pets. Keeping things as normal as possible will help ease the transition.
- Make sure your pet’s information is updated – Since you have already made contact with your new vet, make sure your pets have updated tags and microchips.
- Consider any exotic pets too – If you have fish, hamsters, or more exotic pets, remember that they can have difficulty moving too. We may not be able to see the stress response in these pets as easily as we can in dogs and cats, but moving can be equally stressful for these pets too.
- Consult your local vet – If you have specifics concerns about your pet, you should always consult with your vet about the best way to move your pets.
Make Your Move Easier
Capitol Moving & Storage is here to help you with everything related to your next move. We can take some of the stress away so that you can focus on other aspects of the transition, including helping your pets. Contact us at (860) 415-4400 for more information or to request a free quote.