Moving is stressful for the entire family but can be especially traumatic for the family pets. Most pets appreciate a routine in familiar surroundings so the move to a new home can be difficult until they have time to adjust. The following are some tips to help your pets adjust to the process of an interstate move.
Before the Move
Many pets have never been in a pet carrier for any other reason than going to the vet. If your pet isn’t comfortable with a carrier before the move, it’s important to allow them to become familiar with it. Put the carrier, with the door open, in a space where your pet is comfortable. You can put some favorite treats inside the carrier and allow your pet to explore freely. Once they feel safe in the carrier, the moving process will be easier for both pets and humans.
Bring their Favorites
Most pets have a favorite bed, toy, or blanket that makes them feel comfortable. When traveling with your pet, be sure to pack their favorite items where they can have them throughout the travel process. If you’re flying with your pet, include favorite items in their carrier if possible. When driving with your pet to your new out of state home, take frequent stops and give your pet treats that they’re familiar with from home.
Remember the Basics
Local Austin mover, Apple Moving, shares that many people often forget to pack the basics when planning for long distance moving. When it comes to pets, it’s essential to pack their favorite treats and their regular food in an accessible place. Apple Moving (9807 Brown Ln, Austin, TX 78754, (512) 452-0399) recommends packing an ‘open first’ or ‘essentials’ box for everyone, including your pets. This kit can include their food, treats, water bowls, and any other necessities that your pet needs on a regular basis. The more familiar items that your pet has during the move, the less stress they will experience. Plus, these types of boxes make it easier on the entire family when you’re looking for those items you need most.
Time for Adjustment
A new home can be scary for a dog or cat. There are many new smells and new sites in the home that they just aren’t familiar with. Give your pet time to look around, sniff everything, and slowly adjust to their new surroundings. If you can move to your new house with just the basics before all the furniture and larger items are moved in, this can allow your pet to look around and become comfortable with their new surroundings. If they seem nervous, be sure to allow them time in a quiet space with their food, water, and bed so they can adjust. Also, be sure to get out and explore your neighborhood and find a new dog-friendly park for your pup to roam.
Post-Move Check Up
After the move, be sure to schedule an appointment to meet your pet’s new vet and make sure they are up-to-date on all vaccinations and medications. When moving to a new area, your pet may be at risk to develop new illnesses and parasites. According to Vet Around Town, a mobile pet care clinic, pets in Austin are especially prone to contracting heartworm disease, a very serious condition that’s easily preventable. Whether your move brings you to Austin or takes you elsewhere, be sure to do your best to mitigate new risks to your pet.
Moving out of state is a difficult experience for the entire family. But, it can prove especially stressful for pets. To alleviate the stress on your pets, be sure that they’re as comfortable as possible in their traveling accommodations. Pack the essentials for each animal, so they have all the comforts of home and give them time to adjust to the new surroundings.