WRITTEN BY OUR LOCAL FRIEND/CLIENT, JIM VOGEL OF ELDERACTION.ORG
Moving can be exciting for people but it can be downright stressful for their pets. That’s because animals tend to be much more sensitive to change, and the process of moving to a new home can be filled with all sorts of new sights, sounds, smells and experiences. So if you are moving with your pet in the near future, make sure you have these essentials to keep them calm.
PET-FRIENDLY MOVING SERVICES
If you’re still planning your move, you should be sure to choose a professional that has experience working in homes with pets. This is especially key if your pets will be at home when the movers are working, so try to find reviews from other pet owners and of course, find a moving service that is trustworthy and reliable. Also let your movers know where pets will be.
DOGGY DAYCARE OR PET SITTERS
For pets that have serious anxiety around new places and faces, it may be best to keep them out of the home on moving day. For dogs, spending the day in a doggy daycare could be a fun and stress-free alternative but you can also consider hiring a pet sitter to keep your pets company. Either way, do a trial run with your pet before you leave them with a sitter or daycare.
CALMING AIDS & TREATS
Another trick for keeping pets happy and calm during a move is to use calming treats and scents. For example, many dog parents swear by CBD treats when it comes to taming their pet’s anxiety. Just be sure to do your own research when choosing CBD treats, so that you get the right flavor, dose and ingredients for your pet. You can also try using calming scents, including lavender, bergamot and chamomile to help your furry family members relax.
SOOTHING SOUNDS & MUSIC
Strange noises can also cause pets stress during your move. So if your pets will be present during your move, consider placing them in a secure room with some calming music playing. Reggae, soft rock and classical music are all perfect choices for helping pets relax. You can find pet-friendly playlists on Spotify or you can always put together a custom playlist for your pet.
If you plan on road tripping to your new home with pets, you need to ensure that the accommodations you choose are truly pet-friendly. While many hotel chains welcome pets, individual hotels may have their own rules and restrictions around size, breeds, species and the number of pets allowed. So always call ahead and confirm pet rules before booking a room.
REGULAR WELLNESS EXAMS
Before you begin your move, you may want to schedule a check-up with your vet to ensure your pet is healthy enough to travel. While you’re there, also pick up a copy of your pet’s vaccination records for the trip and make sure your pet has a microchip. If your pet gets lost during your move, having a microchip increases the odds of being reunited with him.
TIME, PATIENCE & LOVE
Honestly, the most important thing you can do to help your pet adjust to a new home is to spend quality time together. Take care of any essential projects ahead of time. For instance, if you need to set up internet service, do some homework ahead of time to find the most reliable options in your area. 5G internet can be a good option for many people since you can set up installation online. That way you can spend more time helping your pet feel safe and settled.
With the right planning and essentials, moving can be just as exciting for your pet as it is for you! So keep your pet in mind as you plan your move and pick up a few extra treats and supplies to help keep your pet relaxed. Above all, be sure to provide your pet with plenty of extra love and attention to ease this transition.
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