Moving With Pets – How to Ensure a Smooth Transition
Most people consider purchasing a new home one of the biggest and most exciting decisions of their life. While the idea of living in a new home probably brings you great joy, getting to that point isn’t always that easy. Moving can be stressful for everyone in your family, especially your pets. It’s important to consider this as you plan your move.
The following tips can help ensure a smooth transition for both you and your pet.
Take Your Time Packing
Many people don’t consider the amount of time and effort that goes into packing. While it’s normal to accumulate a lot of stuff in your home, you’ll need to spend some time deciding what to pack and what to throw away. This can be stressful if you wait until the last minute. Your pet will pick up on your stress, making them anxious as well. Packing over time reduces the amount of stress you and your pet will experience.
Taking your time to pack also reduces the amount of change your pet will notice. This is important, as pets tend to like things the way they are. A sudden change can cause your pet distress.
Talk To Your Veterinarian
Your veterinarian can provide you with valuable advice about moving with your pet. In addition to providing you with a recommendation for a new vet, they can also help make sure your pet meets all vaccination requirements for the area you’re moving to. If your pet suffers from anxiety, your vet can even prescribe medication for them to take during the move.
Update Your Pet’s Identification
Pets can become lost easily in a new neighborhood. It’s important to make sure they find their way back home. Update your pet’s tags prior to your move and make sure your pet cannot slip out of their collar. Take a picture of your pet before the move just in case you need a recent photo later.
Research Laws and Regulations
Many people don’t realize that different areas have different laws and regulations for pets. It’s important to research the laws and make sure you’re compliant before you move. Depending on where you move, you might have to register your pet, pay a fee, and/or have them vaccinated.
Prepare Your New Home
If possible, prepare your new home before your pet arrives. Make sure there are no holes in the fence or other areas your pet might escape. Have their food, water, and other belongings setup and ready for them.
It’s a good idea to start small when introducing your pet to their new home. Consider letting them explore a single bedroom before allowing them into the rest of the house. This is especially important for cats who are often more comfortable in smaller spaces.
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