If you have ever moved before then you can tell that it’s one of the most stressing experience ever. However, if you think that moving across town or interstate is stressful for only humans, you need to think again. Relocating can be a crisis for pets since they won’t probably know what is happening. Although it may understand a few words, it will be totally unable to comprehend the current situation and keep calm. This means that it is up to you to get them ready for the move and acclimated to the new surrounding once they arrive. Thankfully, there are some great ways that you can apply to make the whole move easier on your pet. Whether you are moving across the street or interstate, hiring a removalist or using self pack removals, here are some of our best tips for moving with pets.
1. Explore the new area
Before you even start packing or engaging a moving company , it is important to make sure that your new neighborhood is pet-friendly. You can determine this by thoroughly assessing the property you are moving to and walking through the local area. You can even consider taking the dog along and giving them a chance to sniff around.
2. Schedule your dogs to be groomed the week you leave.
On the week you are moving, make a rooming appointment as early as you can. When scheduling your pets to be groomed, let the groomer know that you are moving. This way, they will perform the kind of grooming that will make traveling with your dog much easier. You can also request the groomer to take measures that will help with odor like doing extra brushing and trimming the nails. By having them groomed and their nails trimmed, you can be sure that you won’t enter your new home with a dirty dog and your car won’t be ruined.
3. Keep your pets away from the action
During the actual day of the move, the best way to reduce stress on your pets is by keeping them away from the action in a quite area. Having boxes scattered all over, furniture in disarray, and people walking in and out of the house and shipping container removals may stresses your pets. Even the most well behaved pet may become rowdy and try to flee. For this reason, you can consider emptying one room and closing the door or putting them in your garage inside their kennel. Make sure you check up on them regularly or leave them with a friend which is recommended.
4. Prepare an overnight kit
As you pack your household belongings, remember to prepare an easily-accessible ‘overnight kit’ for your pet. It should be an overnight bag loaded with enough dog food, toys, kitty litter, medication, blankets, a portable water dish, and some grooming tools. These items will keep them comfortable during the move and sustain them during the first few days of unpacking.
5. Research your route if you driving.
If you will be going to stay on the road overnight, ensure that you research your road and know which hotels are pet friendly. Make your reservations as early as possible to make sure you can bring your pet and get a room for them. Don’t just make assumptions based on what you have read online about a hotel. It is not strange for a hotel to change it’s policies and stop taking pets when you finally arrive there.
6. Don’t let your pet out until you’ve explored the area
When transporting your pet to your new neighborhood, it can easily get lost. This is why you should always keep the kennel closed until the pet is in the new home. When you arrive in your new neighbourhood, give them at least a few days to adjust. Even if you are feeling relieved to arrive at your new home, for your pet it’s a totally new world with lots of sights, smells, and sounds to discover. Go over your new home’s yard and ensure that there are no harmful objects or chemicals, the fence is secure, and the gates close. If there is any pet that is anxious, keep it in a crate whenever you leave the house until it is fully settled.
Moving can be one of the most stressful and traumatic experiences for your pet. However, with good planning, your move can be less stressful for the whole family including your pets. By applying these tips into your moving process, you will definitely have a smooth and pet-friendly transition into your new home.