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6 Tips to Know When Moving With Your Pets

Relocating can be a challenging process, and when your beloved pets are involved, the complexity can seem doubly daunting. The safety, comfort, and general wellbeing of your pets become additional factors to consider in your relocation plans. Family Moving and Storage aims to provide you with essential insights to make your move as smooth and stress-free as possible for both you and your furry companions. Having a plan is essential for moving day, but what about when it comes to moving with your pets? Moving is stressful enough as it is, so the last thing you want is to have to worry about getting your pet acclimated to a new environment. 

Here are five things that every pet owner should keep in mind when moving with their furry friends:

  • Entertainment 
  • Daily routine
  • Personal belongings
  • Vet communication
  • Calming environment
  • Settling Your Pet After a Move

Keep Your Pets Entertained

Keeping your pets entertained during the packing process is crucial for their comfort and stress levels. As you pack, the environment can become chaotic, which may cause unease for your pets. Consider setting aside a comfortable, quiet space where they can retreat from the noise and activity. Fill this area with their favorite toys, treats, or a puzzle feeder to keep them engaged. You might also consider taking breaks to play with them or taking them for walks to burn off some energy. Remember, a busy pet is less likely to get stressed by the changes happening around them.

During the Move

While the move itself happens, it's also important to keep your pet occupied. One strategy is to use durable, interactive toys that promote mental stimulation. Using these toys can distract your pet from the hustle and bustle of the move and stop them from becoming anxious or stressed. For dogs, consider puzzle toys filled with their favorite treats. For cats, a new scratching post or interactive feather toy can work wonders. If the journey to your new home is long, remember to take frequent breaks allowing your pet to stretch their legs, hydrate, and relieve themselves. Always ensure that your pet is secure during transport to prevent any escape attempts in the unfamiliar environment. Like the packing stage, keeping your pet engaged during the move can significantly mitigate the stress associated with this transition period.

Keep Their Daily Routine

Maintaining your pet's daily routine is key to reducing stress related to moving. Consistency gives your pet a sense of security and reassurance amidst the upheaval. Make sure to continue their usual feeding times, walk schedules, playtimes, and bedtime during the packing phase, the move itself, and the settling-in period at your new home. Even if there's a lot going on, try to preserve these routines as closely as possible. If your pet is used to a morning walk, keep that morning walk. If they have a particular feeding schedule, stick to it. This consistency will provide some semblance of normalcy during this transition period, which can be incredibly comforting to your pet.

Bring Their Personal Belongings

It's crucial to bring your pet's personal belongings with you when you're moving, rather than replacing them with new items. Your pet's own toys, bedding, feeding bowls, and other personal items carry familiar scents that offer comfort and security. These items are associated with their territory and identity, and having them around in the new environment can significantly help in settling your pet. Suddenly introducing all new items can add to their stress, creating a sense of unfamiliarity. So, pack all their favorite belongings and introduce new items gradually once they've acclimated to the new surroundings. This approach will help maintain a sense of continuity for your pets during the relocation process.

Contact Your Vet

It's crucial to contact your veterinarian before the move. They can provide valuable advice on preparing your pets for the transition, ensuring they are up-to-date with their vaccinations, and can provide any necessary medication to manage stress during travel. If your move is taking you far from your current location and you'll need a new vet, ask them for recommendations or assistance in transferring your pet's medical records. This can help ensure the continuity of care for your pet. Changing veterinarians can be a significant change for a pet, so having all their medical history readily available for the new vet will aid in a smooth transition and aid in the continued health and well-being of your pet.

Prepping Your Pet for a New Vet

Preparing your pet for a new vet is an essential step in the moving process. Start by scheduling an initial checkup with the new vet soon after you've settled in your new place. This visit will allow your pet to become familiar with the new surroundings, the vet, and the staff. Make sure to bring any relevant health records, including vaccination history and any specific dietary or medicinal requirements your pet may need. 

To make your pet as comfortable as possible, take some time to familiarize them with the transportation to and from the new vet's office, as well as the waiting area and examination room, if possible. Use positive reinforcement, such as treats or praise, to create positive associations with these new experiences. 

It's also crucial for you to build a rapport with your new vet. Ask any questions you may have about their procedures, emergency services, and treatment options. The more comfortable you are with your new vet, the more comfortable your pet is likely to feel. Over time, this will help ease the transition and ensure your pet receives the best possible care in their new home.

Keep Your Pet Away From the Action

On the day of the move when professional movers are actively moving boxes and furniture, it's best to keep your pet away from the action. The movement, noise, and presence of unfamiliar people can be stressful and confusing for your pet. To minimize their distress and ensure their safety, create a secure, quiet space for them, preferably in a small room or a pet carrier. This could be the same comfortable area you set up for them during the packing phase. Make sure they have access to their favorite toys, a comfortable bed, food, and water. You might also consider asking a friend or hiring a pet sitter to keep them company and reassure them during this hectic time. By keeping your pet separate from the moving activities, you can prevent them from potentially harmful situations such as escape attempts or accidental injuries and reduce their anxiety levels during the move.

Settling Your Pet After the Move

Once you've arrived at your new residence, it's time to help your pet adjust to their new surroundings. Start by setting up a space for them immediately, similar to the safe space you established during the packing and moving stages. This area should include their familiar belongings like toys, bedding, and feeding bowls. Initially, let your pet explore this confined area and gradually introduce them to the rest of the house to avoid overwhelming them. Try to maintain their daily routine and give them lots of love and attention to reassure them. If possible, avoid leaving them alone for long periods during the first few days. Remember, change can be challenging for pets, so be patient and understanding. It's normal for them to exhibit some behavioral changes during this period. With time, consistency, and lots of comfort, your pet will soon get used to their new home.

Benefits of Hiring a Professional Moving and Storage Service 

Enlisting the services of a professional moving and storage enterprise such as Family Moving and Storage can significantly alleviate the stress and complexities associated with relocation. These professionals are trained to handle belongings with utmost care, ensuring safe and secured transit. They offer comprehensive services, including packing, transportation, and unpacking, freeing you from the painstaking task of maneuvering heavy furniture or delicate items. Their expertise can save you considerable time and reduce the risk of damage or loss to your valuables. Moreover, storage services provide a feasible solution for managing items that you can't immediately shift to your new location, or simply want to declutter, with flexible and secure storage options. In essence, hiring a professional moving and storage service translates to less worry for you, and more focus on settling comfortably into your new home.

Contact Family Moving and Storage

Moving with pets necessitates careful planning and considerable attention to detail. From keeping them entertained to ensuring their routines remain unchanged, every step plays a vital role in ensuring your furry friend's well-being during this potentially stressful time. However, you don't have to navigate this process alone. By hiring Family Moving and Storage, you gain access to a team of professionals experienced in minimizing moving-related stress for both you and your pets. 

Let us take care of the moving process while you take care of your furry friend. Contact us at 321-372-1005 today! We have an understanding of the complexities of relocation, as well as dedication to providing stress-free moves. Make us an indispensable partner in your moving journey. With Family Moving and Storage by your side, you can concentrate on helping your pet adapt to their new home, secure in the knowledge your move is being handled with utmost care and efficiency.

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