Friday, June 28, 2019

Tips To Move With Pets

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Moving house is exciting, but stressful, especially if you’re trying to move with young children or animals. For pets, the whole process of a new home is going to be confusing. Moving is noisy, with a lot of strangers in the house, and a new place at the end of it. There are some things you can do to make moving home easier on the furrier members of the family.


Check Your Lease

If you’re renting, make sure you’ve double checked any requirements for moving in with your pet. Are there any areas the pet can’t go? Are you required to have any vaccinations up to date? Even if you’re buying, some homeowner’s associations have rules about pets, so make sure you’ve checked everything thoroughly well in advance. Finding the right pet friendly home can be easy if you’re using local data and reports. Look into the regulations in your new area to minimise some stress on you.

Consult Your Vet

Travelling, loud noises and strangers can be very stressful for some pets. Speak to your vet about any suggestions they have to help keep your animals calm and happy. This could be soothing techniques or medication, depending on how nervous your pet gets.

Make sure your pet is microchipped before you go. Some animals, especially cats, may try to return to your old house. If they go missing, a microchip is essential and increases the odds someone will return your pet to you.

If you’re moving too far away to keep using your current vet, ask for a suggestion for a new vet in the area you’re moving too. Make sure you register your pet at the new vet in good time, just in case. Get a copy of your pet’s records, and write the number of the new vet somewhere easy to find, in case of emergency.

Update Your Address

If your pet is already microchipped, make sure your details have been updated so in case of escapes, your pet gets returned to the right place. Update your address on any ID tags on collars too.

Keep Them Away On The Day

On moving day, find somewhere for your pets to go. Leaving them with a friend or family member keeps pets away from the most stressful part of the day. When the movers have finished, you can collect your pet yourself, and take them to a house that’s not full of strangers and noise. Pack their food, bed and any favourite toys to go with them wherever they’ll be staying to keep everything as familiar as possible.

Help Them Acclimatize

Before it’s time for the move, get any pet carriers out and leave them near where you pet usually hangs out. Your pet can explore the carrier at their own pace and get used to it, so it’s not too scary on moving day. Put a favourite blanket, or some clothing that smells of you into the carrier when it’s time to pack up your pets.

If your pet is an outdoor pet, make sure you don’t let them out as soon as you arrive at the new place. Some pets may try to run away from unfamiliar surroundings. Instead, walk your pet around the neighbourhood on a leash, and help them get used to new sights, sounds and smells. Show them the way home, but try to keep them in for a few days as they get used to the idea that they live somewhere else now.

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