Moving home is a stressful time for us for humans. For your pets, who can be territorial and don’t understand what’s going on, the upheaval can sometimes prove to be so traumatic they become ill or even run away.
To smooth out the process for your pets there are measures you can take before, during, and after your home move.
A visit to the vet
Make sure your pets vaccinations are up-to-date and that you have all the relating paperwork and certificates. If your pet has any existing conditions they need medication for make sure you stock up before your move day.
Another thought may be to ask the vet about some mild sedatives to reduce any stress you pet mat experience while travelling. Also ask your vet about a recommendation near to your new location.
And finally, get your pet’s microchip updated with your new home address. It may be also worth getting a new ID tag attached to their collar with your new address.
Stick with your routine
It’s sure to be tricky with everything that goes on with a move, but do try to keep as many of your pet’s usual routines as possible – feeding and walking times.
Pet carriers
A few weeks ahead of the move get out your pet’s basket or carrier and give them time to adjust to it being around. Your pet carrier is usually associated with a trip to the vets, which can put them into a panic – just what you don’t need on the day of your move.
How about a temporary move
For the day of the move you may want to book your pet into a cattery or kennels – possibly even one or two days either side of the move. This is very good way to save them the stress of the move and take the worry away from you.
But remember to book in plenty of time so as not to clash with their busy of times.
Pets first
If you have a fish or reptile tank, setting it up when you arrive at your new home should be one of your priorities, but keep an eye on them for the first few days.
Confine cats and dogs confined to one or two rooms and surround them by familiar belongings, giving them a chance to familiarise with their new home – this will also give you time to pet-proof your new home.
The new neighbours
Visit your new neighbours first with your cat or dog – this is the perfect icebreaker and – with any luck – they’ll keep an eye out for them too.
Posted: 13/06/2017
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