Moving into a new home can be stressful for any pet. Moving with pets takes quite a bit of preparation beforehand, and adjustments to new things afterwards before an animal will feel completely comfortable in their new location. It can be easy for owners to forget about their pets’ during the stress of a move, however, it’s important not to let this happen. There are plenty of things you can do before, during, and after the move to make the transition as smooth as possible.
Before the Move
Before you move to a new house, whether it is down the street or in a new state, you should find out as much as you can about your new neighborhood or city. Find out as much as you can about the community-such as their restriction or animal laws that you should be aware of. If you are traveling a long distance, make sure you think ahead of time about the comfort of your pet. Do you have adequate bedding to put in the car or kennel? Make sure you remember to pack water, food, and toys to keep your pet occupied. Before the move, you should schedule a veterinary exam for your pet to make sure their health is fit for travel. Traveling with pets can be stressful for both you and your pet, however if you fully prepare it can be a smooth ride.
During the Move
While you unpack your items, secure the animal in a crate or gated area where he cannot escape. This way, you can keep doors open and move boxes around without any problems. Be sure to pay plenty of attention to him while he is caged up so he knows you haven’t forgotten about him. It is also important that your pet wears an identification tag with your new address and phone number in case he was to escape. Also, think twice about allowing your dog to eat while the vehicle is moving, this can cause stomach upset and make for an uncomfortable ride for your pet. Stomach upset resulting in diarrhea or vomitting can be helped with something like Fortiflora.
After the Move
Make sure that all of your pet’s belongings are in a place where he can easily find them; including food, water, bedding, toys, etc. This will help him adjust quicker and easier. Once you’re settled in, take your dog for a walk around the neighborhood. If he gets along with other dogs, introduce him to neighbors’ pets if they are around. This will help your pet become familiar with his new surroundings. Another helpful hint is to set your pet up with a new veterinarian or groomer (if you’re in a completely different area) as soon as possible in order to keep on top of your pet’s health.
Once you and your pet(s) are settled in, you will be glad you took the time to help him/her through the madness of moving. It is important to start adjusting your pet right away to avoid behavioral problems. The earlier he is comfortable, the less likely he will develop separation anxiety, aggression and other conditions that are common after being introduced to a new situation.