By / OVM TEAM
Moving with Pets: The Best Tips and Advice for an Easy Transition
How you can make moving with pets an easier process for them and yourself.
Our pets are a part of our family. Like humans, our pets have their own needs, and they may not adjust to changes and transitions the same way we do. Moving with pets can put a lot of stress on them and you, but there are ways to make the transition easier for everyone. It’s essential to start planning ahead of time to ensure that your furry family members are as safe and comfortable as possible.
How to prepare before moving with pets
Whether you’re moving long-distance or staying in the same city, you should get all of your pet’s medical records and medications (if necessary). This is especially important when moving long-distance or if you plan on switching to a vet that’s closer to your new home. If this isn’t your first time moving with pets, you may already know how your pet handles trips or car rides. If not, your pet may get anxious or restless during the journey, making the trip more stressful for you and them. Talk to your vet about the best resources and methods to travel with them.
Determine whether or not you’ll need to find a place for them to stay
Depending on your specific circumstances, you may need to look into kennels or pet sitters during your move. Many people find it helpful to leave their furry companions at a pet spa or daycare. Confirm whether pets are allowed if you need to stay in a hotel or at someone’s home while you wait for your new home to be ready. Some hotels allow pets at an extra cost, but many hotels don’t allow pets at all. Finding somewhere for your pet to stay last minute can be complicated. It’s crucial to do your research ahead of time so you can book and plan your stay accordingly.
Pack their essentials
Your pet has very few items of their own, but those are what makes them feel most comfortable and at home. Keep all their toys, bedding, food, supplies, leashes, collars, and additional items packed separately from everything else. Animals can get very overwhelmed and stressed when they see everything getting packed away into boxes and moved around. Moving with pets is easiest when you leave packing their things until the end.
Tips for moving day
If you have people and movers coming in and out of your home on your moving day, this can be dangerous for your pet. There may be a lot of traffic in your home, so there’ll be plenty of opportunities for your pet to sneak out an open window or door. The best way to keep your pet safe and comfortable on your moving day is to keep them in a closed-off, separate area with all of their belongings.
Moving with pets requires routine and life adjustments for everyone. Be patient with your pets as they get comfortable in your new space. Some animals may take longer than others, but you can make it easier for them by bringing familiar-smelling objects to your new home and giving them space to roam and explore independently.