We all know it can be stressful to have all your worldly possessions wrapped up and moved into a new home. For animals, who can’t comprehend this major life event, the stress can be even worse! Here are some tips to make the whole process easier.
Pre-Move: Get a complete copy of your pet’s veterinarian records, plus a refill on any prescriptions. Ask your vet if mild sedation is an option, especially they are high-anxiety or you plan to fly. Consider getting them a microchip in case you’re separated on the trip, or if they already have one, update it with your new address and phone number. See if you can fax all the information to a recommended vet in your new city. Check out entry regulations.
Packing Day: Allow your pet to be a part of the process! Having an opportunity to see household items being physically packed is less shocking for a pet than being shut out of the way. If your pet was a rescue animal, fears of abandonment will be lower. Speak to them in upbeat tones, give them a little more attention than usual, and try to keep the routines as normal as possible.
On the Way: Let your pet’s belongings be the absolute last thing you pack. The pet’s bed or blanket can go directly into the crate as well as their favorite toys and food bowl. Double check your reservations at the pet-friendly hotel. Let them hydrate and stretch their legs as often as you do!
Post Move: Once you arrive, give them a chance to sniff and “inspect” the new home, and place their belongings inside immediately. Most animals are sensory creatures, and having items with their scent will serve some comfort. Have a safe place for them as you move the boxes in. Involve your pet in activities, and keep the same routines as you did in your old home.