Moving home with pets

Moving home with pets

Everyone knows that moving home with a family in tow can be an extremely tedious and tiring task that no one particularly looks forward to.  The fact is that such a move can be even more stressful on the family pet; however, the good news is that there are methods to reduce their stress level to an absolute minimum.  One such method involves finding a different way of traveling.  A number of pets might feel more comfortable inside a carrier, while others would undoubtedly prefer to simply hang out in a safe spot somewhere in the car.

If your pet seems to be more comfortable when not in a carrier, you should allow him or her to explore the car before you leave for the last time.  On the other hand, if your pet appears to be anxious or stressed then it might be a good idea to use a carrier.  Buy a carrier that enables your pet to move around inside and leave it in your pet’s favorite place in the house around a month before the relocation.  Leave the door open and place a toy and soft blanket inside, allowing your pet to be able to explore the carrier and regard it as somewhere safe, which will make the journey much easier on them later on. Another good tip is to put together a moving kit especially for your pet. 

It is crucial to keep key items close by, so include the necessities and do not forget comforts such as a favorite chew toy for a puppy, as this makes the ride less scary.  Other pet supplies to take with you in the car include pet food and bowls, bottled water, beds and blankets, disposable bags and pet wipes, pet medications and medical records, litter, scoop and travel sized litter box. 

You should also make sure that you have proper ID for your animal.  Be sure that the collar on your pet is a comfortable fit but tight enough to make sure that they will not be able to get away.  Your pet should wear its name, rabies tag and cell phone number so that if your pet does get loose they will be able to be identified very quickly.

Be sure to keep a crate or leash handy at all times.  Moving day is always very hectic and keeping such items within reach means that you will not have to be worrying over how to keep your pet secure and away from harm when needed.  It is also a good idea to enlist the assistance of other people.  If at all possible you should get a family member, friend or professional pet sitter to watch over your animals while the move is taking place.  This means that they can be kept out of harm’s way and that you can focus on the vital details of the relocation without having to worry about your pets.