How to Move with a Pet
Moving to a new home or apartment can be an intricate experience, but if you have a pet, you’ll have a whole new set of challenges to conquer. If you’ve hired residential movers, you should know that transporting your pet will be your responsibility, which is actually a good thing since your pets look to you for comfort during stressful times (like relocating!).
Here’s how you can take some of the pressure off your pet — and yourself — on moving day:
Prepare an Overnight Bag for Your Pet
There are some things you won’t want to put on a moving truck, such as your pet’s food, their carrier, leash, food and water bowls, and toys. These are items your pet will likely need before you’re able to start unpacking, so make your pet their own overnight bag to keep these items within arm’s reach.
Ideally, you’ll have a few day’s worth of supplies on hand so you don’t have to stop in the middle of packing to make a store run. You’ll also want to include their vet records, rabies tag, and other important documents so they don’t become lost in the shuffle.
Find a Safe Space for Your Pet During the Move
Your pets should stay as far away from the action as possible during the move. Even professional residential movers may find it a safety hazard to have your pet running back and forth as they pack up your home.
Many pet owners choose to board their dogs and cats at a professional kennel before the moving truck arrives. If this isn’t an option, consider confining them to a bedroom or fenced-in backyard until it’s time to leave.
Move Your Pet Last
It’s a good idea to move your house before you move your pet. At the very least, have your furniture arranged and your pet’s familiar items placed where they can find them. Your pet can adapt faster when they enter a new home with items they recognise versus an empty home filled with strange people and chaos.
Once you have a room set up, introduce your pet to their new home so they can start getting comfortable in their environment.
Snap a Photo of Your Pet
No matter how much your pet loves you, the stress and chaos of moving can cause them to act erratically. If they fly the coop before they can become acclimated to their new surroundings, you’ll have to go out looking for them. Having a recent photo of your pet can help you on your rescue mission — neighbors can keep an eye out for them and send them home if found.
Update Their Info with the Vet
Last but not least, once you get settled you’ll want to reach out to your vet to update your pet’s new address. You won’t want to miss important appointment reminders and updates from your vet that will keep your pet happy and healthy.
If you’ve moved outside of your local area, make it a priority to find a new vet and get your pet’s records transferred. You should also update their microchip information in case your pet were to become lost in their new neighbourhood.
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