Moving to a New Home: 5 Tips to Successfully Relocate With a Pet
Moving in itself is already an overwhelming experience, even more so if you need to relocate with a pet. But despite the anticipated difficulties, you simply can’t leave your beloved pet behind.
To ensure a successful relocation with your pet, here are tips that will help make the process go smoother.
1. Plan ahead
Plan ahead and make a list of the things you need to do to avoid missing anything essential. Make sure to note in your list that you’ll need to contact a pet transport service in advance. This way, you can relay and discuss your pet’s needs and have more time to comply with transport requirements.
Take note that you need to finish the house move first before you move your pet. Once you start packing, try to place your moving boxes in one room to ensure that your pet won’t damage your moving supplies. Remember, pets combined with tape, boxes, and cardboard never end well.
Besides gathering your moving supplies, prepare the following items to provide comfort for your pet during transport:
- Chew toys
- Pet carrier or crate
- Pet food and water including bowls
- Poop bags and scooper
2. Train your pet
Your pet may need to live with different rules in your new home. Prepare your furry friend for his new life by simulating new noises or taking him to a place with a similar environment weeks prior to your move. If your new home is not that far, try bringing your pet with you in your soon-to-be neighbourhood, and introduce him to the surroundings and the people around.
Most pet transport services will also require animals to be inside a crate. But no animal will want to be forced inside one for the first time on transport day.
To avoid problems during pet transport, consider these tips:
- Introduce your pet to his crate by placing treats inside and adding some blankets to make it look comfortable. Try to do this weeks before the move.
- Develop a convenient bathroom schedule for your pet to lessen the chances of him defecating inside the crate.
3. Get in touch with your vet
When moving out with an animal, it’s important to inform your vet so that you can get pet records and prescription medications with you.
Make sure to discuss updating your pet’s microchip information to your new address and contact number with your vet. Doing so gives extra assurance that your pet will be found and returned to you in case he gets lost during transport.
You may also want to consider asking your vet for some calming medication for your pet. This can help lessen your animal companion’s anxiety during the trip.
Find a new vet
Start your search for a new veterinarian as soon as possible. Don’t wait until moving day or when your pet gets sick or injured. Find out if you’ll need new vaccinations or any preventative medications especially for heartworm, ticks, and leptospirosis.
Write down addresses of emergency animal hospitals in case something unexpected happens to your pet. It’s best to stay safe and prepared than regret your decision of moving with your pet.
4. Seclude your pet during the move
To reduce stress on your pet during the house move, keep him in a silent area in your home.
Moving day involves chaos such as open doors and, if you’re not careful enough, your pet may escape. Consider the following ways to keep your pet properly contained:
- Install a gate in the main door frame.
- Place your pet inside a crate.
- Send your pet to an animal daycare.
- Have someone watch over your pet for the day.
Even if you have a pet sitter, make sure to check in on your pet friend regularly. This will be a comforting act for your pet knowing that you’re around despite all the commotion.
5. Help your pet adjust to his new environment
Moving is already stressful for you so imagine how uneasy it can make your pet.
Animals can easily get anxious when introduced to a new environment. Help your pet adjust to your new home by doing the following:
- Create a familiar space by arranging his pet bed and toys close to the old setup.
- Stick to your previous feeding schedule.
- Pet-proof your new home and check for places he can possibly escape through.
- Make your pet’s new world fun through games and by devoting quality time with him.
It may take some time for your pet to get used to your new place. What’s important is that you remain present and continuously give encouragement to your pet during the adjustment process.
Craig Jones is the Managing Director at Aussiemove, Australia’s largest independent moving alliance. Craig is a respected member of the removalist network in Australia, having served in senior positions, including the President of the removal industries governing body, the Australian Furniture Removals Association (AFRA). With 23 years of experience at Aussiemove, he has the skills and the highly trained team to move families safely and reliably, in Adelaide, across Australia and around the world.