If you have ever moved to another home, you must know how stressful it can be. Even if you’re really excited by your new house and look forward to living there, a moving itself can still be a rather daunting task. But, if you have pets, you need to think about them and their reactions to the big change, too. There are some useful tips on making the overall experience a bit calmer for both you and your pet(s) and I will gladly share them with you!
Inform Your Vet
In case you are moving out of the area or even overseas, you need to inform your veterinary. You should take medications and records with you and ask your vet to recommend another professional in your new neighborhood. Since your vet knows your beloved pets well, ask if they have some more advice on keeping them happy and healthy during the move.
If you’re moving to another state/country, you might need a health certificate stating that your pet is free of parasites and in good health.
Reduce the Stress
Your pet will feel that something strange is happening around, but you should reduce the level of stress. For example, you could keep animals in the quietest room/area. By this, I mean emptying a room, floor, garage or even a vehicle and closing the door.
Make sure you feed and/or walk your pets regularly, as you would usually do, because it’s helpful to have some sense of a routine in all that change. If it’s completely impossible for you to offer your pets a peaceful shelter, think about leaving them at kennels or with your parents/friends for a day or two.
Once your removalists start putting everything into your new place, don’t leave your pets among the chaos. Again, seclude them in a quiet and safe area, for example the bathroom, and hang the sign on the door to keep everyone out.
Overnight Moving Kit
Even the most organized people might feel lost and confused while moving to a new house, so don’t think you’ll remember where all the stuff is. Instead, prepare a small, but easily accessible, moving kit for your pets and make sure it has enough food, litter, grooming items, toys and medications to keep your companions more comfortable during the first days of unpacking.
Although a local or interstate removalist can offer to take your pet to the new house in his own vehicle, it’s better to be around your pets during the ride. Small dogs and cats can be put in carriers in the back seat and secured with a seatbelt.
Use a kennel for a bigger dog, even if it means putting backseats down. For some animals, it’s less stressful if a blanket is thrown over the carrier during the ride.
Guinea Pigs don’t like neither the change nor to be jostled around, so be careful and transport them in a small, comfortable and warm carrier. If you own birds, although they probably don’t like to be put in a cage, it’s highly recommended to do that on moving day.
Most pets will not drink or eat anything in a moving vehicle, and you don’t need to offer them food and water for a short trip. If, however, the ride takes more than four hours, make sure you stop and take a break to feed and provide water to your pets.
Dogs could stretch their legs at the rest stop, whereas cats shouldn’t be let out before reaching the final destination.
Fish: Take Them or Leave Them?
Fish can respond strongly to stress and for them, a move might be fatal. Although that’s not perfect way to transport them, you can use bags filled with their old tank water. This is, however, suitable, only if you transport them short distances.
If you travel to another state or country, it’s better to ask some friend to give your fish a new home. After you unpack, you can purchase new fish.
Harlene Truong is the content writer for Gordon Vet hospital in Turramura Vet Clinic. She is a great animal lover since childhood. Accordingly, she completed her education from Sydney University and alongside kept working with animal healthcare companies so as to get the enjoyment of being surrounded by animals always.