Moving day is stressful – it’s just that simple. There are so many things to manage on the day of your move, and it seems like there aren’t enough hours within that day to get it all done. If you are a pet owner, caring for that pet along the way will only add to the complicated nature of the experience.
With this post, we’d like to present you with some practical tips on how you can take care of your pet throughout the moving process. With a little forethought – and maybe a little help – you can keep your pet comfortable and look forward to introducing him or her to your new home sooner rather than later.
Find a New Veterinarian in Advance
Investigate and discover veterinarian offices nearby your new home as well as emergency pet hospitals. Have these names and numbers ready and handy prior to your move. It would even be a good idea to schedule ahead of time a pet well-visit with your new vet that will occur after your move in date. No better way to acquaint yourself and your pet with your new vet.
Make a “Day-of” Plan in Advance
The single best thing you can do to make sure your move goes smoothly for both you and your pet is to create a plan well ahead of time. Don’t let moving day arrive before you scramble to figure out how you are going to handle your furry friend throughout the process.
If possible, it’s a great plan to leave your pet with a family member or friend during the moving process. That would be the easiest option for everyone involved, as there would be less stress for the pet and you could just focus on moving your things before picking up your pet when the job is done.
Pack Some Pet Essentials
It’s a good idea to pack an essentials bag or box for yourself during a move, and the same idea can be applied to your pet. Create a space where you can put things like a supply of food, a water dish, any medications that your pet needs, and perhaps a toy or two. Then, even in the chaos of moving, you’ll always know where to turn if you need to comfort your pet or give them some food or drink. Knowing you have this bag available will make the whole process far less stressful.
Maintain Some Routine Activities
As you think about how the moving process will play out, do your best to maintain some routine for your pet so things aren’t too disrupted all at once. Unlike a human, you can’t tell your pet in advance that you are going to be moving, so the experience could be unsettling. Some options for keeping routine in the pet’s life during the move include going for the walk at the usual time each day, or providing a familiar treat on a consistent schedule. This might help to ease any anxiety the pet is feeling about suddenly living in a new place.
Remember to Do Pet-Proofing
Your current home is probably already set up for your pet to live safely and comfortably, but you might not be able to say the same about the new place. Take some time before you get all moved in and settled to go around the house and address anything that might be a safety issue for your pet – or cover up any spots where your pet might do damage.
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