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Moving Tips for Homeowners with Pets

Posted by kim carpenter on November 28, 2013
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Dog movingMoving is stressful for everyone in the family, including the furriest members. The upheaval and confusion associated with moving can be difficult for dogs, cats and other pets. Animals thrive on routine and there is nothing routine about the process of packing up and moving. Fortunately, there are ways to help make the process smoother for everyone involved (animals included).

The first thing you’ll want to do is reorganize all of your pets’ identification information. This means, you’ll need to print a new ID tag for their collar and register your new contact information with the veterinarian. If you are moving far enough away that you’ll need a new vet, be sure to stop by the office and take all of your pet’s records and vaccine information. This will make things much easier for you and your new vet when the time comes for your animal’s next checkup.

During a move, the clutter and disorganization can make it difficult to find anything the moment you need it. It’s a good idea to keep your pet’s food and medication in an easy to locate spot. The last thing you want to worry about while unpacking boxes is scrounging to feed a hungry pet.

As any pet owner knows, confusion and disorder can make pets anxious. Alleviate their anxiety by secluding them from the chaos in a quiet place.  Consider using a crate, especially if you are driving. Small spaces actually make a pet feel more secure and will help them calm down.


Finally, you’ll want to spend some time getting to know the new area. Take your pet on a walk around the nearby parks or neighborhoods to help them get accustomed to the new space. And find a new veterinarian, if necessary.


Moves are difficult for pets, but hopefully by using these tips you can alleviate some of their stress and your own. Click here for more information.

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