Useful Tips on Moving with Pets

House moving is a stressful event, no doubt about it. All the excitement can have a negative effect on everybody in the household. And, of course, having to part with the house and neighborhood you‘ve been living in for the last couple of years makes it all even worse. However, imagine how difficult it would be for your pet to live through all of this agitation. In most cases, the poor creatures are both scared and what is worse, clueless, since they have no idea what on earth is happening, and there is no way for them to realize. What scares them the most is the sheer obscurity of the event, especially because they have no idea where the family is going. It is very hard for household animals to build permanent habits, to learn all the rules, the Dos and Don’ts, and once they have done this, they need to do it all over again, to get used to the new surroundings. Since not only getting used to the new home but also the actual moving can be very stressful to your pet, make sure you take notice of a couple of useful tips which can help both you and your beloved creature make it all a bit easier on yourselves.

  1. Keep your pet out of danger
    The very essence of the moving process is chaotic. There is no way you could alter or prevent this. Furniture gets rearranged, plenty of strangers in the house intruding your pet’s personal space, constant movement which produces lots of noise that scares the animals. A situation like this could be very dangerous for your pet. In the case of a dog or a cat, they might get so scared that they attempt to flee out of the house since they might feel endangered. If you have an easily aggravated dog, it can even go as far as to attack the removal men. Younger cats and dogs are known for their curiosity and they can accidentally hamper the movers, thus becoming dangerous to themselves and other people by getting under somebody’s feet when this man carries heavy boxes, for instance. Even caged animals are not safe in such a chaotic environment. Their cages might get pushed down and open. In other words, your pet is both put in danger and can slow down the moving process, so it’s better to move it away for a couple of days and spare your beloved animal the shock.
    Dogs and cats can be kept in a boarding kennel where they’ll be kept in a safe, pest-free place and be fed and looked after. As for your caged animal, you can ask the local pet store to host it for a couple of days. You can offer them a small fee for the service. Of course, if you have friends or relatives you trust, you can have your pet stay with them. 
  2. Schedule an appointment with your vet
    When you are ready for the drive/flight to your new dwelling, it’s best you consult with your vet about sedatives you can give to your pet so that it is spared the stress of traveling. Also, find out if your pet will need any vaccines and get them prior to embarking on the trip.
  3. Preparations when going on the road
    If you are flying, make sure you have the right size carrier for your pet. Also, consult with the air company about all the options they offer for cases like these. If you are planning on driving and keeping your pet with you, take as much food as needed. You wouldn’t want to be traveling with a hungry and nervous pet. Also, pack some treats and toys to keep your pet occupied.
  4. If you don’t get your home inspected for pests before your move, make sure to carefully scan your pet for tiny insects like bed bugs or fleas. Once moved in, you could find yourself exposing the insects to a new home. Contact your Borough Park exterminator for more details.

In other words: take good care of your pet when planning a move. Remember that it is as much part of the family as you are.

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