Owning a pet can complicate a home move because pets require attentive care and don’t understand what’s happening. Here’s how to keep a pet safe and healthy during the moving process.
Check Pet Identification
Before moving day, it’s important to ensure that pets have the proper collars and identification. These IDs should have an up-to-date cell phone number and address. For added safety, it is helpful to have pets microchipped.
Get Medication in Advance
A move can be a stressful time, so it’s easy to let pet medications fall to the wayside. Fill any necessary prescriptions in advance, especially if vet care hasn’t been set up yet at the new location. This is distinctly important for pets who are prone to car sickness, particularly if the move is several hours away.
Plan for Travel
During a move, homeowners’ cars are bound to be teeming with boxes. Make sure there’s room for pets by leaving their empty crate in the car as a placeholder while loading it up. Before the move, check for a list of pet-friendly hotels before setting off.
Keep an Eye on Pets While Packing
Skittish cats and dogs can often be set off during drastic changes to a home environment. Unfortunately, the hectic scene of packing and moving furniture could result in a pet hiding, or even running away. To prevent this, consider setting pets up in a small room, such as a laundry room or bathroom, during the final stages of a move. To further calm down pets, put comforting toys, treats, and beds in the room. This way, owners won’t have to search high and low for them on the big day.
Settling Into a New Home
Instead of allowing pets to roam free in the new home, let them settle into one room first. For young, old, or particularly anxious pets, it may be best to let them stay in their “home base” for several days. Once they’ve gotten comfortable, let them explore the rest of the home while keeping an eye on them to ensure they don’t run away or hide.
When it comes to moving with or without pets, planning ahead and choosing the right partners is key. Tate The Great Moving Company, LLC offers packing services, moving services, and delivery services. Contact us at (770) 833-6603 today to learn more.