Tips on Moving with Pets
Your pets are like your children. They’re there for you when you need them, yet highly dependent on your leadership. Moving can be a stressful time for everyone, but especially for pets, who don’t know what’s going on.
By taking a few simple steps, you prepare your pet for the move and achieve a successful transition for everyone.
Become Familiar with New Rules and Regulations
Whether you’re just moving around the block or making a more significant transition, becoming familiar with the new rules that apply to you is equally important. If you’re staying within the same region, make sure to check with your landlord or strata council about pet policies. Some buildings have specific requirements surrounding pets, including hours they can be outside and policies regarding noise. Depending on where you move, there also may be regulations that require you to register your pet with your local government.
For an international move, be sure to consult your moving service about the regulations surrounding importing your pet to your new home. Many countries will require you to get vaccinations and your pet may have to go into quarantine for the first few days upon your arrival. An expert moving company will be able to inform you of the steps so you can prepare ahead of time and get the proper paperwork sorted.
Take a Visit to the Vet
Your vet is one of the best resources on how to execute a successful move with your pet. The objective of every pet owner is to make the move less stressful for your furry friend. If you’re travelling by air, your vet might be able to give you some medicine to keep your pet calm. When you’ve finalized your moving plans, it’s also important to find a new vet in the area you’re moving to. Many vet practices are extremely busy. By finding a vet before you move, you ensure that you have a place to go in the event of any issues. Once you are a client at a veterinary clinic, you usually also have access to their emergency services.
Keep a Routine
Do your pets automatically become more tense as soon as they see your suitcases are out? Animals are very sensitive to changes in their environment. By keeping your usual routine—to the best of your ability—you reduce the amount of stress your animal experiences. If you have a dog, try taking them for regular walks as a way of tiring them out and taking their mind off of things.
Plan for the Big Day
Many people forget about what they are going to do with their pets on the day of the big move. If you have friends or family in the area, consider asking them to watch your pets for the day. Alternatively, you can bring your pet to an animal daycare. If you choose this option, just make sure to have brought them there before so you don’t create another stressful situation for them on top of moving.
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