It doesn’t matter how exciting a move into a new home may be, there is still going to be stress, exhaustion, and a to-do list a mile long. We know from experience that there is one thing that generally gets overlooked; your pets.
Relocating with a pet is more than just putting fur-baby in the crate and packing up his toys and food dishes. To assure that Fido has a successful move, here are 7 tips to help you and your pet have a smooth transition.
Talk to your veterinarian about the move
If you are moving to a location that will require a change in veterinary services, get a copy of your pets’ current medical records. They may suggest just contacting them once you establish a new vet but it is important to have a physical copy with you while traveling just in case of emergency. Be sure to refill any medications that your pet may need so you have plenty. Also, ask for recommendations of vets in the area where you are relocating.
Plan for the unexpected
Your move may be slated to take a day or two but it’s a good idea to pack a bag for your pet with enough food, medications, puppy pads, and toys for 5-7 days. Should you have an unexpected delay the last thing you want to do is run around in a strange town looking for your pups’ specific brand of dog food or trying to refill his meds.
The stress is high for everyone including pets. If you are established at a puppy day-care or camp, today may be a good day to treat your dog to a day of play. This will allow you to focus on the movers and not worry that Fido got loose when someone left the door open. If day-care is not an option, choose a room in your home that is going to be the safest and make that Fido’s spot for the day. Put a note on the door indicating that your pet is inside and that the door must remain closed at all times. If possible, leave a television or radio on to help distract him from the noise going on in the house.
Find a Veterinarian
If you former vet did not have any recommendations, it’s time to start doing your homework. Ask new neighbors, colleagues, friends and family for names of trusted vets in the area. You can also use Google to find a list of practices which will get you started on your research.
You made sure people knew your new address so do the same for Fido. Update any information filed with his microchip and on his ID tag. It would be terrible if he lost his way and his information was inaccurate.
Help him get settled
Pets can become just as frightened and confused as people. As soon as possible, determine where Fido’s personal space is going to be and immediately bring out his favorite toys, bed,and food dishes. Curiosity is bound to get the best of him so do not leave him unsupervised during thetransition. Keep all doors and windows closed and secure anything that looks like it might be a fun hiding spot.
Make new neighborhood friends
Everyone needs to make new friends once the move is complete. Inquire about the local dog parks, doggy day-care, and other places where you can take Fido to get some fresh air and meet other canine neighbors.
Need more assistance? Remember, most cities have amazing resources. Local rescue shelters, animal charities, and online pet lover groups are choke full of information to help you and Fido have a great moving adventure. Don’t hesitate to reach out to them for advice.