Moving is stressful for us. It is also stressful for our pets. Dogs and cats pick up on our stress as well as the stress of their own. So here are some ways to reduce the level of stress on your dog or cat during a move. Also included are some tips to help protect them during the move.
Get new collar tags that have your new address.
Many pets get anxious during a move to a new home and may try to run away in the first days in the new surroundings. With many new smells and sounds, if they do run away they may have less of an idea of where to come back to, and are more likely to get lost, which is why having tags with your correct address and contact information is very important. Make sure that they have their new tags on BEFORE the move so that you can help prevent losing them.
Avoid Stressful Packing as you Move.
To a pet, even the act of us moving furniture around in the living room carries some stress. As all of the contents of the house are packed up, pets may become much more agitated and uncertain of their surroundings. The calmer that you can keep things, the calmer they will likely be. Simply put, you cannot help that things are changing. You are getting packing materials together, cleaning, packing boxes, and there is a lot going on all at once. Your dog or cat will pick up on your emotions in addition to this. Staying calm yourself transfers that same sense of peace to your pets.
Find a new vet
If you are moving out of town, finding a new vet for your fur baby is as important as finding your new doctor! Locating a new vetrinarian can be as simple as asking a friend for a referral or recommendation or it can involve checking with a number of people over time. Your existing vetrinarian will likely know someone in our new town or neighborhood. Having their number and location already in your phone will be a real time saver in case you need them quickly.
Provide familiar surroundings
This can include keeping the same routines for your pets. Keeping their same bed, grooming equipment, leashes, food bowls, and literally ANYTHING that they are familiar with will make each day go a little bit smoother. A dog or cat that feels secure with have an easier transition and the smoother things will go. Using a crate can be a good option in some cases to help minimize anxiety
Before introducing your dog or cat to their new home, put their toys and water and food dishes, in your new home. When they walk in, they will know that this is their new home because there will be familiar items there. The smells and feel of these items will already be there. Take them and show them where the litter box or backyard bathroom spot that you prefer is. After that, walk through the house and familiarize themselves with the surrounds. Staying with them much of the time as they get comfortable will help them lower stress as well.
Be patient and get back to normal routines as quickly as possible.
Patience and extra affection and love showered on your pet will help them feel secure. It may take time for them to adjust. Some pets transition to new surroundings more easily than others, just like humans. Regardless of how long it takes them acclimate, your patience is helps that to happen more quickly and with less stress on owner and pet alike. Spending some time with them will comfort them and help you adjust as well.