Pets and the Big Move: Keeping Them Safe and Happy
We love our pets! And we want to make sure that when it’s time for the big move, those furry family members are ready to make that journey with as little discomfort as possible.
Tips To Make Your Move Easier
Here are some tips to make that transition easier for everyone.
- For the journey itself, if your pet is going to be traveling in a crate you’ll want to make sure they’re acclimated to it early, especially for long trips. Place them in the crate initially for short periods, then build up their time inside it slowly so they can become used to it without fear. Eventually, take them on short car trips inside the crate, progressively lengthening those trips. Always remain present and comfort them as needed.
- Contact your vet in advance and let them know you’ll be moving with your pet. The vet might be able to provide referrals at your destination, or can at least prepare the pet’s medical records so any future vets can have that info readily available.
- If the option is available, it’s best to keep your pet with you for the trip to help them remain comfortable. If they have to be transported separately, however (such as on flights), make sure items that they are most comfortable with such as their favorite toys and blankets are in the crate with them. Even include an article of clothing with your scent on it so they can smell your presence.
- When you’ve reached your destination, consider their needs in advance to help the transition: where they will go to the bathroom, where they’ll be eating and sleeping, that sort of thing. Help them get used to the new home one room at a time, and then after that the new neighborhood. Over time, they’ll feel right at home alongside you!