Making a big move is an exciting- and stressful- experience. If you’re moving with pets, that stress can be doubled, as you want to make sure your furry friends feel safe, happy and secure. If your pets don’t travel well, this process can be especially difficult to pull off. If you’re about to make a big move, here are some tips to ensure your pets have an easy and stress-free trip.
When traveling with pets, there are certain measures you must take. Depending on the kind of pet you have, you should make sure you have the correct carrying cases and traveling accessories when preparing for a big move. For dogs and cats, a spacious carrying case complete with a comfortable blanket and some toys will make your furry friends feel safe and secure. If you’re traveling by car, be sure to let them out of their carriers as often as possible. Animals can feel cramped and claustrophobic just like us, so make sure they’re not being cooped up in their carriers for too long.
Before you make the big move, make sure you call your vet and ask them to transfer your pet’s records and any prescriptions they may have to wherever you’re moving. If you’re relocating to Cincinnati, for example, you’ll have to ask your vet to transfer your pet’s records to your new vet, as well as prescriptions. If you’re lucky, your vet may even be able to recommend a vet in your new neighborhood, saving you the trouble of having to find one yourself!
When it comes time to start moving out of your house and into your new one, make sure your pets are occupied and not in the center of the action. When you’re moving around heavy boxes and furniture, pets can get in the way and possibly get hurt, so make sure they are outside or in a separate room while this is happening. If possible, see if your pet can stay at a friend or family member’s house on moving day. That way, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that they are safe and cared for, and you’ll be able to focus on moving.
Just like it would take time for you to adapt to your new surroundings, your pet needs time to get used to their new home. It is important to allow your pet to take the time they need to adapt to the new place, so be patient during this process. It is normal for your pet to need extra comfort and reassurance during a big move, and toys, snacks and other comfort objects can help ease your pet into this lifestyle change.