Things to do when moving with your pet

Feb 2020
moving with pet tips

Do you have a pet at home? Want to move your pet to a new home?

Do not worry!

These days, pets have become one of our important members of our family, and they should be significantly considered while shifting to a new neighborhood.

Like us, they also have their feelings and worries while making a relocation. Sometimes, they get more panic and anxiety when situations are not favorable to them during a move.

It doesn’t matter you have a dog, cat, pig, or a bull; your pet will also be affected by some amount of stress while shifting to a new locality within your city or to a new state in India.

To reduce the level of discomfort for you and your pet, make some preparations for moving with your pet comfortably to a new home.

Below given are some useful things to perform when shifting with your pets to a new neighborhood.

Know about pet laws in your new community

Research about your new locality and find out what pet rules and regulations are followed in your new community. In India, most community and house owner associations have various restrictions regarding owning pets. 

Sometimes, you might require registering your pet, make a fee payment, or your pet might need different vaccinations. Knowing all this in advance will provide you enough time to take care of your pet before your shift.

Find a new home based on your pet’s need

After deciding to move to a new neighborhood, consider choosing a perfect home for your pet too. Prepare a list of items your pet requires, and with the help of this list, you can look for a better house yourself, or you can show this list to a real estate agent to find you the right home. Assuring that your pet has the required space it wants will make you and your pet feel happier.

Organize the new home for your pet

Clean the insides and the outsides of your new home to keep your pet safe from dirt and infections. Take pest control measures to protect your pet from dangerous pests and insect bites. Try to block any holes or gaps in the fence to avoid your pet escape through them.

Performing a regular security check would make you satisfied, letting your pet free around the house. Once you have done with your cleaning, pest control, and security checks, ensure that the house has all things required for your pet, such as their food, water, bed, toys, pet cage, etc.

Take your pet to new home before the move

Before shifting to a new home, it’s reasonable to take your pet to the new house to get familiar with the surroundings of the neighborhood. Pets also like the way things are and making sudden changes to their environment would make them more upset.

When you move into the new home with your pet, it needs to run and roam around to recognize all corners of the house. If possible, get introduced to your new neighbors with your pet. Chances are there that your pet could go lost during the first day at the new locality.

So, if your pet escapes or goes missing, your new neighbors could be able to identify easily that it is yours. Allow your pet to walk through the neighborhood as they like to explore and get used to new smells.

This will make your pet identify some areas of the locality to refer and identify their way to a new home if it goes missing after the move.

Maintain your pet’s daily routine

Generally, pets are animals of routine habits, and when they face any change in their methods, it could create a lot of confusion and stress for them. As relocation could be more time consuming, try to maintain the same routine and schedule while moving with your pet. Try to feed it at the regular time, take it for a walk, spend some time playing with it, etc., even after moving to your new house.

Discuss with your pet’s vet

Inform your current vet that you are shifting so that he or she can assist you in preparing your pet for a relocation. If you are relocating far out to a new state, you may need to get a suggestion about the new vet in your new place from the current vet. If your pet suffers from any health disorder or anxiety, your vet can prescribe you the right medications.

Your vet could provide some essential medications or prescriptions for your pet’s health during the move. It’s better to get the medical record copies and a health certificate for your pet. It’s also a must to give vaccination updates for your pet before moving to a new neighborhood.

Update your pet’s identification

If you have a separate ID tag for your pet, update the badge with the new contact details so that anyone can contact you during any emergency. If your pet uses a microchip, make sure to contact the company that has the information of your pet to give an update. Sometimes, your pets could get lost at your new place after moving.

So, it is good to have an ID tag or a quite expensive microchip with information about your pet. Almost all vets and animal control organizations can scan the pets with a microchip so that they can quickly identify their owners easily.

Pack in advance to reduce stress

A lot of people make the mistake of waiting until the final minute to pack up all their belongings and always packing takes much time than you expect. You might go through your whole house to collect all your old or unused belongings separately.

De-clutter your entire home to determine what things to keep, donate and throw away. When you get hurried, your pet would even get more anxious and uncomfortable.

To keep your pet relaxed and to perform your packing comfortably, you can call any of your friends or relatives to your home to take care of your pet.

Pack up a small travel kit for your lovely pet with food supplies, water, medications, and other essential things that your pet requires during the move.

Make your pet get relaxed

When you are moving to a new state or a longer distance, try to make your relocation easy for your pet. Your pets can understand your emotions quickly, and when you are stressed, your pet might also feel your stress too.

Plan in advance as much as you can and complete your to-do list as fast as possible. Call your friends or family members or a professional relocation service provider to help reduce your load and to move quickly to your new destination without any trouble.

Safeguard your pet on the moving day

On the relocation day, it is better to leave your pet at any of your friend’s or relative’s home to take care of it. If this is not the option for you, arrange a kennel or a crate to keep your pet safe inside. Have an eye on your pet periodically and ensure that it is fed and watered well comfortably when it is inside a cage or a kennel.

If you want to move your pet yourself in your vehicle, make proper arrangements for your pets. If you're going to transport your pet through a train, flight, or a ship, you should follow some rules and regulations to keep your pet comfortable during the relocation. If you are not interested in taking your pet along with you while you move, hire a professional pet moving company in your city to have a stress-free pet relocation.

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