PETS ON THE MOVE: Tips and Tricks for Helping Your Furry Friend Transition to a New Home


Are you preparing for a move and feeling the stress? If you are feeling anxious, chances are high that your furry family member is feeling it, too.


But there is good news! With some advance planning, you can make the process of relocation easier for the whole family—including the wiggly pup or the fussy feline.


I’d like to share a few tips to help your pet thrive during the transition to a new home.


Actually, the first tip begins even before the actual move.


• MAKE SURE YOUR PET IS WEARING A COLLAR WITH IDENTIFICATION AT ALL TIMES. IF POSSIBLE, A MICROCHIP IS AN ADDED PLUS.


Despite our best efforts, sometimes a pet can escape through an open door, especially when stressed. An added layer of protection to help a pet return home is worth the investment!


• YOUR BUDDY NEEDS HIS OWN BACKPACK, TOO


Travel and unpacking in a new location are a lot easier if you have a designated bag for your pet. Include all your pet’s necessities including food, medications, familiar blankets, a leash, poop bags for rest stop breaks, harnesses, treats and toys.


• PROTECT YOUR PET FROM THE COMMOTION OF MOVING DAY


Moving day is hectic for both people and pets. Strangers roaming in and out of the home and a lack of routine can cause even the most mellow pet to become anxious. Try to keep him away from the bustle of moving day. Spending the day with a trusted friend or even visiting a favorite kennel is far easier on a pet than watching the commotion. At the very least, crate him in a quieter room. It’s easier on him and can prevent a tragic escape.


• LET YOUR PET TAKE HER TIME TO ACCLIMATE TO NEW SURROUNDINGS


If possible, keep your pet in the vehicle with you while enroute to a new home. Not all animals enjoy car travel, so crate your pet and cover the crate with a blanket if needed. Special accommodations may be required for air travel so speak to your veterinarian and airline well in advance to meet all guidelines.


Once you arrive at your destination, avoid giving your furry friend free reign of her new home right away. Keep your pet secluded in a peaceful location of the house with comfort toys and plenty of food and water. Gently easing her into the new environment will make it more comfortable for everyone. Be sure to keep your pet indoors until she has adjusted to her new neighborhood.


With a little advance planning and plenty of patience, moving can be a good experience for the whole family—including the furry ones!