Did you know that the U.S. is home to 70 to 80 million dogs? That number is even surpassed by cats, chiming in between 74 and 96 million. Chances are, you are one of these owners and find yourself wondering how to go about moving your pet. Look no further! We have put together some tips for helping you and your pets make this stressful life event more of a piece of cake!
1. Do your research
Whether you have a gerbil, lizard, dog, or other pet, all animals require routine care. Before moving, find out what vets are in the area. Be sure to jot down the number of any emergency pet clinics, too. Doggy day camps are a great place to have your dog stay during the move and will keep them out from underfoot and any anxious energy burned off.
2. Update your info
For dogs and cats, make sure their collars are on and well-fitted for the move. Animals can often become so stressed or frightened from a move that they run away. Check that your phone number is accurate on the I.D. tags.
If your animal is microchipped, double check with the microchip registry that all information is correct.
When beginning to pack, start early as to slowly introduce moving boxes into the home. Pets, especially cats, can be territorial; keep this into consideration as you fill boxes, leaving their belongings for last. Also, animals are sensitive to sounds. Things like loud bangs, disassembly of furniture, and screeching packing tape can all leave them shaking in their boots. If possible, shut them in a room or close them outdoors to protect their nerves.
Ready for transport
Small pets, cats, and little dogs should all be kept in a crate or carrier for vehicle transport on the big day. Familiarize your pet with their caddy a little at a time. After crate time, reward them with treats or playtime. Big dogs can be transported in the vehicle leashed.
For long distance moves, call your airline ahead of time for information on the process of shipping your animal. Obtain tranquilizers from your vet for the especially frightened pet.
Finally, once you arrive at your new home, introducing your pet should be an event within itself. Monitor behavior and arrange to be home with your pet for a couple of days as they acclimate to their new surroundings. Have all of your pets’ items packed in a place that can be easily accessed and set up their new spots first. They will adjust quicker when surrounded by familiar smells.
Moving day is one of the top stressors of life for people, and our pets are no different. With proper preparation, familiarization, and reintroduction, your pet will thrive in the new home in no time.
Sources: americanhumane.org, aspca.org, blog.cityleash.com, petfinder.com
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