Author: Jessica Brody
Moving isn’t easy for anyone, pets included. Dogs and cats are very sensitive to changes in their routine and environment, and uprooting everything to move somewhere new can be especially traumatic. Fortunately, there are several steps you can take to make the moving process as stress-free as possible—for you and your furry friend. Start your planning well in advance so you’re properly prepared for moving day. If you and your pet are anticipating an upcoming move, Dog Breed Cartoon invites you to check out the following tips to keep everything under control!
Make a Plan
Booking movers should be one of the first things on your moving to-do list. Movers are always in high demand, and you don’t want to be left hauling heavy boxes on your own if you can’t find the right help. While you have plenty of time to spare, research movers, read reviews, and request quotes from your top picks.
While you’re at it, this is a good time to figure out what you’re going to do with your pet on the big day. Pets may act unexpectedly when confronted by moving day chaos, so it’s best to get them away from the action. Arrange for a pet sitter or daycare services to help keep your pet occupied on moving day so they don’t get too anxious.
Tackle the Small Stuff Early
Your dog or cat will occupy a lot of your attention as you get closer to moving day. Try to tackle items on your to-do list early, so you have plenty of time to comfort your pet later on. Getting those small tasks out of the way now will also help keep your own stress under control! Set a date for the transfer of your utilities, set up a new internet provider, update your address with the appropriate businesses and organizations, purchase packing supplies, and book time off work.
Pack a Moving Bag for Your Pet
If you’re moving to another city or state, make sure you and your pet are prepared for the long drive. Pack a moving bag for your pet that includes everything you need to keep him safe and comfortable in the car, including food, water, treats, toys, and any paperwork you will need for crossing state borders, like medical records or vaccination certificates. Remember to pack motion sickness medication in case your pet gets sick in the car. If your dog regularly encounters digestion issues when they feel anxious or upset, it might be wise to pack a high-fiber pet food. Just be sure to use a high-quality, respected brand.
Get Settled into Your New Home
To help your dog or cat get settled into your new home, unpack his things as soon as you arrive. Resist the temptation to throw out those ratty blankets, beds, and toys. Those familiar items will help comfort your pet in this new, strange place. Set all of his stuff in a comfortable area where your pet can get away from the unpacking and furniture-arranging chaos. After getting settled, look around online for a new local veterinarian and groomer.
Stick to a Routine
Pets thrive on routines. To keep your pet feeling secure in the weeks leading up to and following your move, try to maintain your regular feeding, exercise, and play routine. This may be a challenge if you’re short on time. At the very least, make sure your animal gets outside for daily exercise so he can burn off pent-up energy and relieve stress! If he knows what to expect every day, he will have an easier time coping with the changes going on around him.
As you navigate the challenges of moving, remember that your pet is experiencing stress too. Plan ahead and take it one day at a time. Focus on keeping him safe and happy during your move, and you’ll both be settled into your new home before you know it!