ARE YOU MOVING OUT? CHECK OUT OUR TIPS TO PREPARE YOUR PET FOR THE TRIP TOO
You don’t have to leave your pets behind when you decide to move. But, if they have never had to move out before, it could be an ordeal for them. If you want to learn how to help your pet on a moving day, keep reading.
Pets can be stressed out and get anxious when moving out, so how can you tell? Your pet may refuse to eat or be more nippy than usual. Recognize these signs and try to keep your pet calm. Take breaks and play with them. Leave their belongings until last in your packing to have something familiar around them.
Here are some tips to help you go from point A to point B:
You will have a new address, and your pet's collar (if applicable) needs to reflect that. If your dog runs away at rest stops or runs loose as you haul boxes in at your new place, you would want those who find the dog to be able to find you too. We recommend including your cell phone number.
BUY A PET CARRIER
It is unsafe for a pet to run free in a moving car. A pet carrier keeps them safe. Plastic ones allow the pet to see out of the door without the possibility of getting tangled in the sides like the wire ones. Introduce your pet to the new carrier by placing it in their area several weeks before moving.
VISIT THE VET
Some pets get motion sick. You might not be sure because your pet has never left home, but it is better to be safe than sorry. Just in case, get sick medication and consult with your vet about other ways to calm your pet on long rides.
MAKE FREQUENT STOPS ON THE TRIP
Pets can get just as restless as children. Make regular stops at rest areas to stretch your legs and give your pet a bathroom break. They can work off some nervous energy from being pent up in the car.
KEEP THEM COMFORTABLE
Put a familiar blanket and toy in the pet carrier so your pet will feel at home. Check on them regularly; you want them to know you're here with them.
PLAN YOUR SLEEPING ARRANGEMENTS ON THE TRIP
Not all hotels are “pet friendly.” Find areas where you can keep your pet with you in the room. This way, you don't have to drive all night or leave your pet in the car overnight. Pets have died from car heat exhaustion in hot areas.
KEEP PET SAFE AS YOU MOVE
Tie your pet up in the yard or on the porch while you move in. Afterward, let them walk around the house and get comfortable with their new surroundings.