You already know that moving is stressful for you and your family, but did you know it is also stressful for your pets? Pets can sense when their owners are stressed, and it doesn’t matter whether your pet is a dog, cat, bird, or other animal. Even fish exhibit signs of stress, and moving can be very traumatic, if not fatal for your finned friends. If you’re moving more than a short distance, it may be best to give your fish to a friend rather than trying to transport them.
Having a plan in place can help reduce the stress for you and your pets. We have compiled a list of helpful tips for moving with pets to make things more comfortable for your beloved companions.
- Make sure you let your vet know you are moving and get copies of vaccination certificates and records. Ask if it may be beneficial to sedate your pet during the transition.
- On moving day, it’s important to make sure your pet is away from the action. Boarding or having your pet stay with a friend is the optimal scenario. If that is not an option, it’s best to secure your pet in a quiet area – an empty bedroom, in their kennel, any place that is away from people going in and out. Check on them regularly and try to stick to their usual schedule as much as possible, feeding and walking them at their regular times.
- Use your own vehicle for transporting your pets to your new home if possible. If traveling long-distance, pack a small bag with items you’ll need for your pet ahead of time so they don’t accidently get packed away.
- If possible, set up your new home before your pet arrives, or at least have a few familiar items, like toys or blankets there for them. If you have outdoor pets, it may be best to keep them inside for a few days as they acclimate to their new surroundings.
- Make sure you update your pet’s ID tags or microchip information with your new address and telephone number.
- Give your pet lots of extra attention and help them get comfortable in their new home.