Moving can be very stressful for your entire family, but it can be especially overwhelming for your pets.
We humans have an entire world outside of our homes but for our pets, be it dogs, cats, reptiles, or birds, their homes and their humans are their ENITRE world.
Moving them from one place to another can be stressful and in some cases, health compromising for your pet. They can get lost in the shuffle or, worst case scenario, end up sick.
There are some steps to make the transition a bit easier for them.
Prior to moving day, make sure your pets are fitted with collars and ID tags with your name and current cell-phone number in case they get out while the front door is open while moving a large couch. An excellent option is to kennel them or send them to a pet spa, but make sure you get their vaccinations up to date first. A crate is an excellent alternative. Make sure it’s large or small enough with plenty of circulation.
It’s hard to move without the doors wide open, providing the perfect escape. Crates and cages give your pets a feeling of security and safety. Make sure some of their favourite things are in there like their favourite blanket or stuffy. In extreme cases with very anxious pets, a trip to the vet for something to take the edge off may be in order.
Watch for signs of dehydration and ensure water is fresh and accessible during the transition. Upset tummies can be treated with a bit of mashed pumpkin mixed in with food and a touch of lemon in the water. But always check with your vet first.
At the new house, get an area ready for your pet and fill it with familiar things such as blankets, toys, food and water dishes. Let them explore the new place slowly and a little at a time so as not to overwhelm them too much and before you know it they will start to settle in. For dogs, ensure you accompany them outside for the first few bathroom breaks and help them explore their new environment.
Remember, extra love and attention will be required for both your human and non-human family members during our move.