Moving is no doubt one of the most stressful things a person or family can do. Add in a furry friend, and additional hurdles appear. Moving can be a very stressful situation for your pet. Introducing movers into your home, removing familiar territory such as their favorite couch and other activities can really put your pet in both a stressful and aggressive mood. Here are some of the best tips to keep in mind when moving with your pup to a new location.
Making Sure They're Microchipped
Moving opens up a home to a variety of dangers. Heavy objects are being moved around, hazardous obstacles may be lying on the floor and doors will be left open for the movers. This constant opening of doors can get your furry friend a little too curious, leading them to walk outside. Although many things can get lost during a move, let's make sure that if your pup is one of them, you can track them down. If you have not done so before, you should make sure that your pet is microchipped, according to Animal Health Care This will allow you to be contacted in the event that your pet is caught and taken into a shelter by city animal control or a worried neighbor.
Getting Them Ready
Most indoor pets tend to have their own designated area of the home, with some even sleeping on the bed. However, during your move, it is highly recommended to place your pup into a crate. If it's been years since you last used one, then your old crate might not be big enough. In addition, you should also consider making the crate as comfortable as possible. This means placing soft blankets inside along with their favorite chew toys to keep them company during the long drive.
Making It Comfortable
On The Move explains that movers can't transport your pets for you. Not only for insurance reasons, but they also aren't equipped to make the ride comfortable. The box of the truck lacks climate control, and the heavy boxes pose a hazard to your pet's health. This is why the ideal thing to do is to transport your pet within your own vehicle. You can make the ride less stressful by making it as comfortable as possible and even have some snacks on hand for when they become a little too rambunctious.
Moving can be an incredibly difficult time for any family, but when pets are involved, it no doubt becomes a challenge. Pet owners can keep these tips in mind to make the move as easy as possible.
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