Guest Post by Beth C.
The four-legged members of your family are not spared from the stress of moving day. Take extra care to see to their needs so they can transition successfully to your new location along with the rest of the family.
Moving with pets can add more stress to an already anxiety-laden event. Follow these steps and help your canine or feline family member cope with the stress of moving.
- Keep pets out of the way on moving day. Too many strangers in the house (either movers or friends and family) can excite them and cause them to act up. Consider crating or asking a neighbor to take them while the action is going on in your house.
- If you have a dog and you are driving to your new location, make frequent stops to walk your pet. Being in a restricted space for long stretches of time - either in the car or in a cage inside the car – can cause them discomfort. Whenever you feel you have to stretch your legs, they probably do too.
- Bring their favorite toys along for the ride to keep them occupied. It will greatly relieve their anxiety to have something familiar next to them. Surround your pet with favorite pillows and blankets; strive to make them as comfortable as possible throughout the ride to help ease their disorientation.
- If you are flying to your new location instead of driving, keep in mind that not all airlines accept four legged passengers, either in the cabin or in the cargo hull. Plan ahead and book your pet’s flight with a reliable airline that has clear policies on pet boarding.
- Depending on the personality of your pet, you may need to ask your vet for a sedative for the move. If your pet is taking any medications, be sure to have them handy.
- Pack paper towels, plastic bags and cleaning items in case your pet has an accident in the car due to the stress of the move.
Arm yourself with patience and try to remain comforting and understanding. Remember that moving is stressful for your pets as well. Be sure to hire a moving company that you can trust and plan ahead to ease any stress on yourself, if possible. If you’re relaxed and confident, your pet can be relaxed and confident, too.