You have found your new home and now it is time to pack up and move. Whether you are moving across town, across country or from another country – you have a big task ahead of you. Preparation is key to a successful move, keeping your pet’s safety and well-being in mind:
Rule #1 in moving with your pet is properly identifying your pet with an identification tag and sturdy collar. Make sure to include your new address and telephone phone numbers. If chipped – be sure to update the info.
Medications, Food and Health Records:
Keep a current copy of your pet’s vaccinations in a convenient location and not packed away in the moving truck. If your dog has a special diet, make sure to pack enough for a few days in an easily-accessible area. You may also want to consult your veterinarian about ways that might lessen the stress of moving.
Crates and Containment Systems:
There are many different types of travel crates on the market just for traveling purposes. Make sure your pet is familiar with the crate you will be using for transportation by gradually introducing him to the crate before the move.
Keeping Your Pet Secure:
Pets can feel vulnerable on moving day. Keep your pet safe, in a quiet place, such as the bathroom on moving day with a PETS INSIDE sign on the door to keep off-limits to friends and professional movers or better still arrange for your pet to spend the day at the vet, doggie day care or at a friend or relative.
Preparing Your New Home:
Keep in mind that your pets may be frightened and confused in new surroundings. To reduce the chance of escaping due to fear, or pure excitement to explore the new territory, prepare all the familiar and necessary things your pet will need from day one including food, water, medications, bed, litter box, food and water bowls.
The first few weeks can be tough, especially for those with higher-attuned senses. New smells, sounds, and sights can be overwhelming. Make sure you have a safe area where your pet can escape and have some down time. Some animals feel safe in their crate or a cave-like area with the door open. If after a few weeks your animal is not themselves, a visit to the vet may be in order.