Moving can be very stressful on pets, and therefore you. But not to worry, we've put together some tips to help you and your four-legged friends have as smooth of a move as possible.
If the opportunity presents itself, take your dog for a walk in your new neighbourhood a few times before you move. This allows him / her to familiarize themselves with their new neighbourhood and will make the move much less scary. Also be sure to keep the items that they Â are familiar with over the process of the move such as their favourite toys, their bed, etc. Now is not the time to invest in all new dog goodies.
safety is key
Moving can be very stressful on pets and can often cause them to act unusual. It is important to ensure that your dog is wearing his tags at all times throughout the moving process. If he / she feels anxious it may cause them to run and tags make it a lot easier to ensure they are returned home safely. If you pet is microchipped be sure to call the microchip company and ensure that they have the right phone number on file. Countless pets are lost each year and are unable to be returned simply because of an out-of-date phone number.
In the final stages of packing it will become evident that your pet is stressed. This is to be expected - nobody likes to be uprooted from their home. Ensure that your pet has a safe place they can escape to when feeling uneasy. If your pet is extremely anxious it may be worth looking into calming methods such as Rescue Remedy. This will also be beneficial once you have moved into your new home.
stick to the routine
As hard as it may be, try to stick the routine that your pet is familiar with as much as possible. Dogs especially need routine to keep them from becoming too anxious. Routines can be as simple as the location of the food bowl, the time at which your pet is fed or walked, etc.
talk to your vet
Get all necessary files, ensure all shots are up to date, and ask for a referral for a new vet in your area. We are always happy to provide referrals for service providers if you're moving into our area from out of town. Just ask!
Pets want nothing more than to please us. However, when pets are stressed they can act out or have accidents. Be patient with them. As they settle into your new home they will become their old selves again.
moving day care
The best case scenario for your pets on moving day is to have someone look after them for you. However, if you do not have a pet sitter or a boarder that can take your pets for the day while you move, be sure to keep them in a closed and quiet room with their bed, toys and water. This will help ease the process for both of you as they will be both safe and out of the way. The last thing you want it for the cat to escape just as you're ready to leave.
Be sure to not to feed your pet just prior to leaving. Try to feed them earlier in the day to prevent any upset tummies.
Once you have arrived at your new home, set up a quiet, cozy area for your pet to relax in. Be sure to include their toys, bed and water. If you have a cat, try to put their litterbox where it will stay permanently. Moving it from room to room will only confuse your cat.
leash and license laws
Even if you are only moving to the next municipality, it is important to check the Leash Laws and Pet License requirements for your new area. You can do that here.
pick up a cat leash
100% guaranteed they're going to hate it, but it's the best way to keep track of your feline friend and slowly introduce them to their new home. If you have an outdoor cat, use the leash to walk them around your new property for a day or two before letting them free.
clean up any accidents right away
Your pet is scared and an accident is certainly possible. Be sure to clean it up and eliminate any odours as soon as possible so that your pet is not tempted to use the same place again. It is important not to yell at or punish your pet for this accident, as chances are they are probably mortified that it even happened. Reassure your pet instead.