Moving time is stressful enough when you don’t have the addition of a family pet. Nobody wants their pet to be in a state of distress or not be happy when they move, but in order to prevent this there is a lot to do. So as you can expect there are a few things that people tend to forget when it comes to the big move.
If you are moving quite a large distance then make sure that you change your pet’s vet promptly or organise your new vet registration before your moving day. Moving can be a very stressful experience for pets so it’s always better to be safe than sorry and know that you can have them checked out by a vet if they are showing any unusual signs such as not eating and/or vomiting.
Update Details On Their Tag
You are going to want to make sure that all of the details on your pets tag are up to date so if they were to go missing then people will know where to return them to. Also you need to make sure your pets are microchipped and if they already are, you need to ensure that the details are consistent and up to date on that as well. Even though microchipping isn’t the law it becomes of paramount importance when you move because if they get lost in a unfamiliar and new place it is unlikely that they will be able to find their way home.
Try to keep them calm
When it comes to moving day you need to make sure that you keep your pets in a separate room with plenty of food, water and their favourite toy. Also make sure that the removals team know where your pets are so they know to do that room last, this will give your pets as long as possible in a familiar environment. You will also want to keep checking in with your pets to make sure that they aren’t getting too distressed because there will be lots of unusual sounds and smells which they may be unfamiliar with. In order to help prepare them for this, make sure that in preparation for the move they see you packing things up so they can have time to adjust to this new activity.
Stick To Your Routine
Make sure that on the day of the move you keep their routine fairly similar. For example, keep their feeding times the same, make sure their walks are at the usual time, anything that is a consistent highlight of their day. This will help them to remain calm and feel like it is still a normal day as most pets are creatures of habit.
No matter what pet it is that you have, you need to make sure that the moving journey is going to be comfortable and safe. For smaller pets make sure that they are in an appropriate carry case and that it isn’t going to move around in the car. For all pets, make sure that your car has suitable air conditioning so that your pets won’t get to hot as this can have dangerous consequences such as heat stroke. With dogs, make sure that you pull over to let them go to the toilet and have a drink on longer journeys. If you don’t do this then they will start becoming very distressed which may distract the driver and lead to a more stressful experience for everyone. Once you arrive at your new home, it is a good idea to let your pet gets used to all the new smells around them. If you have a garden make sure that it is secure and that your pets won’t get out, then let them go and explore their new home. This will help them calm down so you can then start unpacking and getting settled in.
Pet Essentials Box
Just like you will need a box of essentials for your first night when you move to a new house. Your pets are going to need exactly the same. Make sure you have some food, their favourite toy, a blanket and possibly a lead. Having this box prepared before you move will make it much easier for your pet to settle in and it’s one less thing for you to worry about when you arrive at your new home. Like all boxes on moving day, make sure it is clearly labeled and you are a step closer to having a less stressful and more enjoyable moving experience for you and your pet.
We hope this has helped you and given you of a few more things to consider when it comes to your pet when you are moving. Don’t forget if you ever need any advice or help moving our team of specialist movers are always happy to help, call us on 01745 770555.