When it comes to our pets, their comfort and safety are of the utmost importance. So when a major life event pops up, it’s inevitable that they become part of the equation. Moving is no different, and the influx of moving supplies and packing up can cause a hectic environment for humans and animals alike. Unfortunately for some pets, such as fish or guinea pigs, abrupt change and stress can lead to health issues.
Ensure the safety of your beloved animals with the tips below to keep your pets happy and healthy throughout the moving process.
BEFORE THE MOVE
Prepare an overnight box or bag. Fill it up with enough food, kitty litter, toys, and other necessities to keep your pets comfortable for a couple days after the move while you’re unpacking all your items.
Contact your vet. If you’re moving out of the area, get your pet’s medical records, make sure they’re vaccinated, and stock up on any necessary medications. You can also ask your vet for recommendations for helping your pets cope with the move.
Create ID tags or get microchips. Attach tags to your pet via collar or (leg band for birds) with your pet’s name, your name, destination address, and your phone number so people will know who to contact in case they get lost. A microchip is a great option so you can track your pet in the event they run off.
DURING THE MOVE
Keep pets away from the action. Whether that’s leaving them at a friend’s house, putting them in a kennel, or keeping them in an empty room (that you visit regularly); make sure they’re isolated so they can’t get underfoot.
Maintain routine. Though moving day can be busy, try to maintain your pet’s walking and feeding schedule so that they retain a sense of normalcy.
AFTER THE MOVE
Don’t let your pets out right away. Even the most well-trained pets can get excited in a new place and run off and get lost. Slowly acclimate your pets to your new home by setting up their space before letting them run outside the home.
Pet-proof your home. Tuck electrical wires away, ensure all windows have secure screens, and give the house a once-over to confirm there is nothing dangerous that may accidentally harm your pets.
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