Tips for pet owners on preparing their pets for a long distance move
Moving long distance can be as stressful for your pets as it is for you – sometimes even more so. At least you know what's going on and what you have to look forward to. Your pets don't. Taking them into consideration will reduce their level of stress and make the move into your new home free of unpleasant pet accidents.
Here are just a few actions you can take to make your move a happy one for you and your pets
- Prior to moving, schedule a check up with your veterinarian. During the visit, ask for advice regarding a smooth transition for your pets and remember to pick up their veterinarian records. Just to be safe, it's also a good idea to keep a copy of the records with you while traveling during the move.
- Take time to get your pet used to their travel carrier prior to moving. You'll want to make sure that the carrier is big enough for your pet to lie down, stand up as well as turn around. The carrier must also have sufficient airflow, a sturdy bottom lining and a door that closes securely.
- Make sure your pet is wearing an ID tag, including name, new address and phone numbers.
- When moving day arrives, help your pet to stay calm by keeping them away from all the activity. If possible, arrange to have a friend watch them for the day at their place. If you need to keep your pet with you while you get ready to move, create a place where they can stay away from the action. Just clear out a room for them and close them in with food, water and some of their favourite toys. They might not be completely happy but they will be safe while you're packing up.
Following these tips can make all the difference for a happy transition into your new home.