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Reduce stress in pets when moving

It’s that time of year when more houses are up for sale and moving vans are being rented. Moving is a stressful time for everyone involved, including your pets. Let these six tips guide you to ease the transition for your pets when moving.


How to reduce stress in pets when moving


  1. Pack as much as you can ahead of time to avoid last minute packing, making the moving day as relaxing as possible. If you’re moving to a location nearby, bring your dog to the new area for walks beforehand, allowing them to sniff and familiarize themselves with the new environment.

  2. On moving day, designate a ‘pet’ room in your old home and your new home, to keep your pets away from the confusion and stress of everything being moved. Keep items such as food, water, toys, a bed, and a litter box for cats in that room. You can even place a sign on the door telling movers and other helpers not to enter. Another option is to send your pet to a friend or family member’s place for the first couple of days while you move and get settled in.

  3. When commuting to your new location, secure your pet safely in your vehicle. If you’re moving long distances make all necessary travel arrangements ahead of time with your pet in mind. When booking hotel rooms, make sure that they allow pets. If you’re flying, book your flight ensuring your pet will be taken care of.

  4. Ensure your pet has proper ID and is microchipped. If they get loose in the hustle and bustle of the move, they’ll have a much better chance of being reunited with you. As well, make sure you update your new address and contact information with all forms of pet identification. 

  5. Do a walkthrough of your new place. Check for holes in the fence, loose doors, or broken screens that your pet could escape through. Block those areas, or keep your pets away from them until they can be fixed. There are likely loose cords lying around or boxes of items your pet can get into, causing potential problems, so keep an eye on them when indoors. 

  6. Stick to routines as closely as possible. Cats and dogs are creatures of habit. Keep feeding times, walks, and play times on their regular schedule. Bring dogs outside often so they know where to be let out. If they have an accident in the house, simply clean it up and take them outside. Getting upset will only stress your pet out more. 

Most importantly – have patience and understanding! Your pet doesn’t understand what’s going on, so give them plenty of exercise with lots of treats, praise, toys and fun to assist in a smooth transition. You’ll both soon feel at home in no time!

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