I recently moved and realized that moving is stressful, not just on people, but on our pets as well. While my dog adjusted fairly quickly, I could tell she was confused for a while. All the new smells and sounds made her a little crazy! A new home, routine and environment can put your pet on sensory overload. So if you are moving, here are some helpful tips to make the process go smoother so your pet can adjust to their new surroundings faster.
BEFORE THE BIG DAY
Find a new veterinarian before moving, that way if you have an emergency, you will have a vet lined up to care for you pet. Ask the veterinarian if there are any vaccines required for the region where you will be living.
Share any medical records and microchip information with the new vet.
Make sure your cell phone number is on their tag. If your pet gets separated from you people have a way to reach you!
Don’t wash the pet blankets until after the move. That familiar scent will make them feel more at home in the new place.
If you have an anxious pet, consider using an anti-anxiety dog vest or calming medication from your veterinarian.
Have a few favorite toys, extra towels and bedding on hand for comfort and distraction.
If possible, consider boarding your dog for a few days. That way you can keep them away from the hustle and bustle of movers.
If you aren’t boarding your dog, make sure to give them plenty of walks and exercise
HOME SWEET HOME
While unpacking be careful not to leave out items such as chemicals, cleaners or other hazardous items.
If your new home has a fence, check for gaps or places where they could get out.
Try to arrange pet beds, crates and toys in a familiar way for your pooch. Establish a new routine while trying to stick closely to the previous feeding and walking schedules.
A little spoiling can go a long way. I bought my dog a few new toys to make it fun!
Go on walks to explore the new neighborhood so they can get familiar with their new environment!
I took my dog on long walks, introduced her slowly to the new neighbors and spent extra time with her. She came through like a champ and in no time she knew our new place was HOME!
For more information check out ASPCA and American Humane