A new home can be an exciting endeavor for your family but can be scary and stressful for your pets. Make the move easier for everyone and ensure a smooth and safe transition with these helpful tips. Happy travels!
One of the easiest ways to protect your pet is to make sure that he/she is always wearing a visible collar, especially when moving homes. Tags should display your pet’s name, your new address, and cell phone number. For added safety, attach a pet GPS tracking device to their collar or have your pet micro chipped.
When the big day arrives, make sure your pet is away from movers, trucks, and boxes. If possible, keep them inside their crate in a quiet room with the door closed. This will help prevent unnecessary anxiety and keep your pet from accidentally escaping through any open doors or gates.
If moving requires a long drive, make safety a priority. Much like people wear seat belts, pets should also be provided with a secure way to travel in the car. Small pets should be placed in a well-ventilated and comfortable carrier, larger ones should always be leashed. When possible, use a pet seat belt or car harness. They should never be transported inside the trunk or on the bed of a truck.
For long car rides, make sure to pack a bag just for them. Include water, a portable bowl, food, snacks, and any medication they may need. If your pet gets car sick, make sure to visit his/her vet in advance so they can provide suggestions. Placing a familiar blanket inside their travel crate can help ease travel anxiety. If you need a rest stop, so do they, so don’t forget the potty breaks!
After finally arriving at your new home, your pet may feel a bit skittish. To help ease tension, place them in a quiet room away from the unpacking activity. Make sure to include favorite toys, blankets, and beds so that they are able to relax. Check outdoor areas for any unseen escape routes. Once everything has settled, encourage them to explore their new home, with your help if needed!