Pets, like humans, can experience stress during the moving process. It’s important to handle them with care before, during, and after the move to ensure a smooth transition.

Unfortunately, pets can sometimes get lost while moving, and it’s significant to take steps to ensure their safety and comfort. To make the move easier for your pets, we’ve compiled a list of helpful tips. These tips can help you keep your pets safe and reduce stress for both you and your furry friends during the moving process.

1. Find a new veterinarian

Don’t wait until your pet falls ill or gets injured to start searching for a new vet, taking these steps in advance can help ensure your pet’s health and well-being.  This research should include identifying common parasites and diseases in the area that could affect your pet, such as heartworm, ticks, and leptospirosis.

2. Consider microchipping your dog

Take extra precautions to ensure your pet’s safety, as they can easily get lost during the moving process. One way to protect your pet is by making sure they have a collar with their name, your phone number, and your name. An even more effective measure is to have your pet microchipped by a vet which creates a permanent identification mark on your pet and increases the chances of them being returned to you if they get lost. 

3. Make your dog crate-trained

When moving, it’s often best to transport your dog in a crate. Introduce your dog to the crate a few days before moving to ease the transition. This way they will be accustomed to it by the time of the move. You can find special crates in the market that are specifically designed for transportation, with padding on the sides to increase comfort. 

4. Get the dog ready for the move

One way to help your pet adjust to a new neighbourhood is by walking them around and introducing them to new neighbours, if your new home is nearby. This can help you identify other pets in the area and ensure that your dog can coexist peacefully with them. If the new location is far, you can simulate new noises or take them to places with similar climatic, geographical, or social conditions to help them adjust. You can also consider talking to your vet about anxiety medication or gear that can help ease your pet’s anxiety during the move. Additionally, if your new home does not have a doggie door,  train your dog to use the bathroom on a schedule. If your dog barks excessively, you can teach them to avoid barking if your new neighbours are closer than in your old home.

5. Ensure the dog’s comfort on moving day

One option to have a stress-free moving experience  is to leave your dog with a pet sitter while you do the heavy packing. Another option is to clear one room and put your dog inside, keeping the door locked while you pack your belongings. It’s also important to avoid cleaning your old home too thoroughly to help your dog feel more at ease. Additionally, don’t forget to pack essentials for your pet such as water, food, toys, bedding, and a towel in a designated container for your pet’s belongings.

6. Provide appropriate ventilation and safety belts in the car

To keep your dog safe during the car ride, it’s essential to ensure adequate ventilation and use safety belts. On the day of the move, avoid overfeeding your dog. Bring medical records, a photo, and microchip numbers in case your pet gets lost. To prevent restlessness and discomfort during the move, take short walks in off-leash locations and dog-friendly hotels.

7. Pay great attention to different types of pets

The care for other types of pets during a move is similar to that of dogs. For birds, make sure they are kept in a cage during the journey. For small animals like guinea pigs, use a small, comfortable container for transportation. Transport fish in a dark, cool container with their previous water. To avoid moving sickness, cats should be carried in a carrier and given limited food. Additionally, it’s essential to regulate the temperature in the car for pets such as reptiles and fish.

8. Make your new home comfortable

After arriving in your new home, it’s best to avoid buying new items for your pet such as beds or toys until you’ve finished unpacking and settling in. While settling in, keep your pets confined to one room. Pet-proof your new house by checking for harmful plants, window blinds, and exposed electrical wires to keep your pet safe. Additionally, to help your pet acclimate, keep their feeding, walking, and playtime routines as consistent as possible.

9. Check the local laws before moving

Know the rules before moving anywhere with your pet. This includes identifying any necessary licences, leash laws, and banned breeds. Keep in mind that some dog breeds, such as Pitbulls and Rottweilers, can be considered aggressive and dangerous. Before moving, check with certain insurance companies, neighbourhood associations, and local governments for breed restrictions.

Moving with a pet requires additional planning and effort, but the end result is a happy and excited pet ready to explore their new surroundings. The extra preparation will be well worth it in the long run.

If you need to move, Grants Removals are the company for you.