Tips for moving with pets and easing their anxiety

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Pets become a part of our family and when moving, we often need to take a number of extra steps to make them comfortable during a move. Many will get very stressed out, especially if it’s their first move, since they are very good at picking up on feelings around them. So what are some things you can do to help your pet through a move? Here are some tips from Kamloops movers.

Reduce the stress

You can do small things to ease your pet’s anxiety, such as keeping them in the calmest possible environment, especially during the actual moving day.  Many will take their pet to a “pet hotel” for a couple of days while they are moving, since they won’t sense the nerves around them. It also keeps them safe from the potential danger of being struck by falling boxes, ingesting packing materials or the myriad other hazards that moving can present to your pets.  If you have birds, keep them in the cage and cover it to keep them calm. Fish have possibly the hardest time when it comes to changing environments, so as sad as it may seem, it’s actually kinder to give them away than to put them through a move. 

Talk to your vet

If you are moving within the same city, this might not apply to you as much, but  if your move is more long-distance, then you should consult your vet. Get any medications your pet might need and pick up their records, so that you can transfer to a new vet as soon as you arrive. You may also need to consider mild sedation, in case your pet gets car-sick or very stressed out by air transport. 

Update their tags

This is an extremely important step, since your pet will not know the neighbourhood, nor will they neighbours know them.  Make make sure that their tags are up-to date with the new address and phone number so that if they do wander off, someone can easily find you and return them.

 Prepare for the trip

Finally, be ready for the trip. Whenever possible, try to keep your pet with you. If you are driving, then take them in the car, it’ll be a lot easier for them to be around you. You know your pet the best, so you might need to put them in a carrier if they’re not used to traveling.  

If you’ll need to stop at hotels overnight, research which ones are pet-friendly and reserve them in advance.  For air travel, consult with the airline on procedures for flying a pet and reserve tickets directly through them. If you are travelling overseas, you’ll need to find out about regulations and policies on bringing pets into a different country, and potentially have some paperwork to prepare. Get this done far in advance, as there might be different requirements for vaccinations, etc.

We hope these tips for travelling with pets help you ease their stress. If you are planning a move, we can help ease yours. Give us a call or get your free estimate online.


More Information

If you would like to see other packing tips please see our Moving Tips page or stop by today. We would love to be a positive part of your moving experience.

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