You and your children are not the only ones upset over your pending move. Your pets will sense your discomfort and may act out in surprising ways. These feelings are to be expected, but they can be eased. Here’s what you need to know about making a move with your pet in mind.
- Make the identity clear. Pets that wander the neighborhood are more likely to have tags and other identifying characteristics than those that are house pets. Regardless, it is important that your pets have collars and tags to help identify them in the chance that they become separated from you en route. If your pets are microchipped, then you already have ID that can place them. Have the chip’s information updated to reflect your new address or other contact information.
- Visit the veterinarian. It can be hard to determine how your pet will react while on the way to your new home. Some pets are familiar with cars and love to travel. Other pets may find the movement upsetting and may get sick. Still other pets become agitated. Take your pet to the veterinarian and ask for a prescription. A shot or a pill may help your pet; in some cases he may need to be “knocked out” in order to make the trip. Talk with your vet to know your options.
- Determine where you will stay. The longer you travel, the more likely you’ll need lodging on the way to your new home. It is important to locate pet friendly hotels along your route. La Quinta, most Marriotts, and many Choice Hotels allow pets. Keep in mind that some hotels will charge a daily sanitation fee and there are usually a host of restrictions about their movement. Nervous pets may act out by biting or scratching for no reason at all.
- Prepare them for the move. When the moving day arrives, your pets should be kept in a secure room or a crate while the movers do their work. Better yet, if your pet can stay off premises with a familiar face, such as a friend, then you’ll avoid a problem. Too much noise, unfamiliar people and smells, can upset your animals. Do what you can to give them a living space that is calm explains Smart Box Storage.
- Use a pet carrier. No pet should be allowed to stay on your lap or at your feet en route. There is too much risk of injury or the pet escaping when you stop. A carrier is the best bet, especially one that is safely secured to a seating position. There are special carriers that will provide the comfort your pet needs, including ventilation, food, water and a blanket.
- Take regular breaks. Just as it is important for you to take breaks when traveling, your pets should do likewise. This means stopping every two or three hours, allowing your leased pet to leave your car and walking around. Your pet must be given the opportunity to relieve himself. He also must be given fresh water. When it comes time to a meal, provide food at a rest stop or wherever the car is not in motion. Observe your pet for signs of distress. Offer much comfort and extend the trip if you are pressing on too fast.
Your pets will transition gradually once they arrive at your new home. Expect some acting out — your kids will act out too!
Make a point to find a veterinarian as soon as possible, transferring your old records and keeping your pet on schedule for shots and maintenance. Introduce your pet to his new yard and provide a familiar sleeping area that he’ll enjoy.