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Moving with your pets

The whole process of relocation can be very stressful, as you are trying to organize everything, always double-checking if you had forgotten something or just wondering if you have got enough moving boxes for everything. The moving process is complicated in and of itself, especially if you are moving to another state. But in all this stressful chaos you might not realize that it’s also a stressful experience for your furry friend. So here are some basic tips for moving with your pets. Do keep in mind that most of these tips are aimed at your, ‘usual’, pets, such as dogs and cats and to an extent, birds.
Moving with your pets

Planning for the trip

You’ll have to plan out the trip not just for yourself and your belongings but for your pets too. They will be just as stressed as you are, seeing their up-until-move-day domain being torn down, as they are pushed into pet travel crates.
As plenty of pets don’t use their travel crates or travel in vehicles that often, get them used to it. You can start by putting food inside the crate, eventually feeding them in the closed crated. As they get more accustomed to it, you can begin carrying your pets around the house or taking them for a short drive. All of this should be flanked by giving them treats and encouraging them to get used to being driven whilst in travel crates/cages.

Acquiring pet travel equipment

You’ll feel safe knowing that your pets are safe during the move, which is why you should get safe, if possible comfortable too, pet travel equipment. This means a crate or a carrier for dogs, maybe a seat belt restrainer for larger breeds. A travelling carrier for cats and for birds, their cage. It also helps a lot if you can put some clothing or bedding inside, as well as their favorite toys, if possible make it something they usually use, so it’s smells familiar.

Speaking with your vet

If you’ve got any special concerns regarding your pets move, it’s best to consult your vet, as they will surely have experience with this. If your pets are known to suffer from motion sickness or have any kind of anxiety disorder, you can discuss possible medications or alternatives with your vet.
In the end, it’s all about helping your pets adjust to the new situation and their new surroundings. Starting by making them feel secure in their pet travel crates weeks before move day, keeping them in a familiar space so they don’t get scared by moving trucks and the movers themselves on move day and lastly aiding them in adjusting to your new home once you’ve arrived.