Moving is a stressful life event that affects everyone in the family, including our furry friends. There are several things to consider and prepare for when moving with a pet that will help to both alleviate your stress and keep your animals safe, including updating their microchip and tags.
Being prepared during the entire move process will not only reduce stress on you, but also your pet, because at the end of the day, you want the smoothest transition possible for them as well. Here are a few tips for before, during and after moving into a new home.
Ahead of the Move
Pets are attuned to how we’re feeling. And delaying your move prep likely will adversely affect them.
Here is what you can do to make the pre-move stage less stressful:
- Update your pet’s tags with your new address and your contact information.
- Make arrangements for them to be elsewhere – like with a friend or pet sitter – on moving day.
- Have your vet records prepared to transfer to your new vet.
- If you plan to do your packing yourself, make sure you give yourself ample time to avoid any frantic, late-night packing marathons.
- Have a pet carrier ready to use on moving day.
During the Move
While they might not like the cramped quarters, it’s important to keep your pet crated during the move, especially during the drive. If you are traveling a long way, your pet will probably need more rest stops than you.
To make the trip cozier for your pet, keep familiar blankets, a bed or toys with them on the drive.
After the Move
It will take some time for your pet to get used to their new home. Be sure to spend plenty of time with your pet and immediately get back into the groove of your typical routine. And finally, find a new vet ASAP in case your pet has a harder time adjusting to the new home than you expect.
Pets are a part of your family and they need special care during a move. Hopefully these tips help you prepare them (and yourself) for your move!