Moving With Pets

Moving can be stressful for people, so just imagine how anxious it can make your pets. They can easily get stressed out when there's unexpected activity in their home or when they're introduced to a new environment. These challenges don't come with a formula solution, but here are some tips that should make the experience a bit calmer for your beloved companion(s).

1)    Prepare an easily-accessible 'overnight kit' that has enough dog food, kitty litter, toys and grooming tools to sustain your pet and keep them comfortable during the first few days of unpacking.


2)     If you're moving out of the area, inform your vet so you can take records and any prescription medications with you. Also find out if they can recommend another vet in your new neighborhood.


3)    During the move itself, the best way to reduce stress for your pet is to keep them in the quietest area possible. If you don't want to leave them with a friend or a kennel for the day (which is recommended), at least remove them from the action. This could mean emptying a bedroom on another floor and closing the door or putting them in their carrier or kennel in the garage or car. Take proper caution to ensure they'll be at a safe temperature and that they have water and food if they will be there for some time. Make sure you check in on them regularly, and try to feed or walk them at the time you usually do every day. Having some sense of a routine in the midst of all the changes will help a lot.


After you move, make sure you update their tags or microchip information to the new address and phone number.