Some Tips for Moving with a Pet in Tow
Having moved a number times, I’m aware of the stress placed on the humans in a family. But what about your pet?
For pet owners, the moving process can be even more difficult. Renters can encounter problems trying to find apartments which are pet friendly. Even when they do, landlords require a larger security deposit.
Moving is one of the top five most stressful events in life. Pets are often adverse to change and few changes are as significant as changing residences. But there are ways that pet owners can make moving easier on themselves and their pets.
Spread things out. Sudden changes increase a pet’s anxiety level. Pack over a longer period of time and avoid packing away the pet’s toys and comfort items until the last minute. This includes bedding.
Arrange for travel well in advance, especially when flying to your new home. Do so will increase your chances of getting a non-stop flight. This will make it much easier for your pet, who will not be as used to the changes in air pressure as you might be.
Stick to your routine. Pets thrive with routine, and while the days leading up to the move can be hectic, try to stick to your pet’s routine as much as possible. This includes feeding times, walks and play time.
Give pets their own space on moving day. Try to create a room or space for your pet the day the movers arrive. Even if you are having friends help you move, the added number of people in and out of your home will cause anxiety in your pet. If moving company is helping with the move, it is even more important that you create a safe and quiet place for your pet on moving day.
Visit the vet before making your trip. You should plan to make one last visit to the vet before moving. Acquire your pet’s records including vaccination history as well as any record of illness. These will help your new vet in your new location. Discuss with the vet any travel anxiety your pet may have experienced. If warranted, your vet might prescribe some anti-anxiety medication to make the travel easier for your pet.
With a little planning and forethought, you and your pet can have a smooth move to your new location.