Moving to a new home is a big change. Even if you are just moving down the street, planning and executing a move can be an emotional experience. While they may not be able to say it out loud your pets are feeling all of the same emotions that you are. Imagine how stressful waking up in a new home can be if you don’t really understand what’s going on. To successfully move with your pet and help them adjust to their new surroundings follow these Do’s and Don’ts of moving with your pet.
Do: Get Your Pet’s Paperwork in Order
Just like you need to fill out a change of address form, transfer your medical records and update your driver’s license, your pet also has paperwork to take care of. Have all of the records from your vet sent over to a vet in your new neighborhood. Also, be sure to check what pet licenses are required by your new city or town. Don’t forget to update all of your pet’s tags with your new address in case he should ever get lost. Taking care of paperwork in advance will help you and your pet relax once you are in your new home.
Don’t: Pack Your Pets
Never put your pet in the back of a moving truck. The truck isn’t climate controlled and shifting furniture could lead to a serious injury. When moving with your pet, put them into the car using a carrier or safety restraint. If you need to ship your pet make sure that the shipping company is licensed and experienced with carrying live animals.
Do: Remember Your Pet’s Special Needs
While you are moving you may delay bathroom breaks and meals until you reach your destination. While you have the power to make this decision, your pet does not. Over the course of your move make an effort to keep your pet’s bathroom schedule as consistent as possible. When it comes to meals, keep food to a minimum. Many pets can get carsick and by feeding them a little less you may be able to prevent an accident.
Don’t: Use Sedatives without Proper Supervision
Many movers will use a sedative to keep their pet calm during a long car ride. This can be extremely dangerous if done without the supervision of a veterinarian. Even if you have used a sedative in the past and feel confident you should still contact a vet. Even the smallest dose administered incorrectly could be fatal to your pet.
Do: Introduce Your Pet to the New Home
Once it is safe for your pet to roam around on his own give him a few hours to tour his new home. Many pets will be shy at first and may hide in one room or another for a few hours. Don’t worry, this is normal. He will come out when he is ready.
Don’t: Lose Your Pet in Your New Neighborhood
When you are moving in and setting up your new home it is likely that there will be times when you need to keep doors and windows wide open. Your pet may see this as a chance to explore his new neighborhood and he could be out the door before you know it. During the times when you need to move items in or out of your home keep your pet safe and out the way by keeping him in a bedroom with the door closed. Don’t forget to leave him a little bit of water and his favorite toy to keep him company.