Moving with Pets?
So you’re moving to a new house or apartment. Typically, this can be an exciting but stressful time for the whole family.
But what about non-human family members? Sudden changes in environment can leave your pets feeling nervous and anxious. However, with proper planning, you can ensure the safety and comfort of your furry ones during every step of your move.
Before Your Move
Plan, Plan, Plan
The key to successfully moving with pets is to plan ahead.
It’s important to make sure your new home or apartment is secure and pet-friendly. According to the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy, moving is cited as the most common reason for relinquishing dogs to shelters. Be sure to research the area ahead of time and ask questions about breed restrictions and pet deposits to avoid any problems.
Is your pet micro-chipped? If not, this might be something worth considering. Dogs and cats are prone to getting lost during moves since they are unfamiliar with the new territory. Be sure to update pet ID tags with your new address and current phone number to keep your pets from getting lost.
Don’t forget: your vet is a valuable resource. Make sure to schedule a wellness appointment a few weeks before moving day. He or she will be able to make any recommendations tailored to your pet’s individual medical and behavioral needs and recommend a new vet in your area if needed. For anxious pets, you can ask your veterinarian about gentle sedatives for the ride.
Prepare Your Pets
Let’s face it. Every animal is different. Some dogs adore car rides, while others become stressed at the sight of a car. If your dog is not accustomed to car rides, you will want to acclimate him or her ahead of time. Short trips, to the dog park for example, will help decrease anxiety and give your dog some time to adjust.
For your feline friends, get them acquainted with the cat carrier as soon as possible. We recommend leaving the carrier around your house for your cats to explore freely. Cats are curious creatures by nature so they will familiarize themselves on their own time.
During Your Move
Comfort is Key
Moving day is finally here! What now?
They key is to make your pets as comfortable as possible on this day. Keep pets far away from the commotion of the move itself. Loud noises and unfamiliar people in your home will only increase stress so we recommend keeping your pet in a small quiet room or crate in the meantime.
Check in on your pet frequently and leave lots of toys and other familiar objects for reassurance.
Packing for Your Pet
Don’t forget to pack for your pet! It is a smart idea to prepare a pet travel kit and plan for unforeseen circumstances- include any medications, food, treats, toys, and bring plenty of water for the ride. If you are moving long-distance, take frequent potty breaks or consider investing in disposable litter boxes.
After The Move
Check Your New Home
Before you allow your pets to roam freely in your new house or apartment, make sure to do a thorough inspection of your new home. Look for any potential hazards including pest traps, poisons, wet paint, glass and bare wires.
Don’t let pets out on their own just yet! Keep all doors and windows shut until your pet knows the area well.
Keep Things Normal
Pets love constancy. It is likely that it will take days or even weeks for your pets to feel at home.
How can you help? Keep things as regular as possible while your pets are still adjusting to their new surroundings. Familiar objects and consistent schedules will help your pets feel more at ease.
Moving in Tucson? Tucson Moving Service Can Get You Where You Need to Go!
pets doesn’t have to be a complicated process. Now that you are prepared, we can help you get you to your new home or apartment in no time.
If you are seeking professional movers in the Tucson, Arizona area or surrounding communities, Tucson Moving Service is ready to help with all of your packing and moving needs. We are devoted to providing our customers with the best customer service and making your move easy and stress-free.
Get in touch with Tucson Moving Service today! To learn more about the local, long distance, and commercial moving services we have to offer, contact Tucson Moving Service today at 520-468-8956. We look forward to helping you and your furry friends move every step of the way!