02 Mar Tips For Preparing Your Pet For a Move
There’s no denying that moving house can be one of life’s great stressful events. Of course, it’s full of excitement and anticipation but not without worry or a lack of things to do. With everything going on though, this time can be even more stressful for not only you and your children but your pets too! Here are some top tips for preparing your pet for a big move.
Visit your vet
If you have a plan in mind of when you’re going to move, definitely get in touch with your vet. With them, you can ensure that your pet is up to date with things like vaccinations, micro-chipping or ID tags. If you have a move date set and are nervous about your pet and travel sickness, get advice about anti-sickness medications and remedies.
Find a new vet
If you’re moving away and will need a new vet, try and find one prior to your move and set up an appointment with them so they can meet you and your pet. Consider asking your current vet for advice or if they know anyone they can recommend from your new area.
During the packing process, ensure your pet is safe and out of the way of any wrapping and dismantling of furniture. Additionally, don’t pack up their possessions until the last minute as these items will help comfort them if they do start to feel anxious or nervous.
Try and remove them from the moving day chaos if you can, as the amount of noise and change could make them distressed. Maybe ask a friend or relative if they could look after or take them for the day, or else consider a care centre, and visit them when you can to reassure them. Failing this and they do have to be there, keep pets out of the way in a separate room, put a sign on the door, keep them with their possessions and inform your chosen removals companies so they’re considerate of the situation.
Embarking on a long journey with a pet can be a stress in itself, so make sure you’re prepared with any medications or remedies that have been recommended by your vet. Make sure their space in the car is safe and that they can hear/see you. Talk to them every now and again, and definitely factor in stops along the way to stretch their legs and go to the toilet.
Love and routine
Once you’re all moved into your new house, pets might find it strange at first and particularly anxious dogs might be physically sick or have an accident, so don’t scold them for it. Make sure you get back into their usual routine: reintroduce toys and beds, give them a similar spot to eat, sleep and relax, and start regular walks again. But, most importantly, make a fuss of them, let them know you love them and they’ll soon relax and know that nothing has really changed as long as you are there.