As we approach the summer, PLEASE review these Pet Relocation Tips to insure a smooth transition for your pets. We know moving is hard for you, and it’s hard for them too!
A Month Before you Move:
- Visit the vet to make sure you collect pertinent medical records.
- Make sure any existing medications are in supply and make any adjustments.
- Have your pets vaccinated along with a complete checkup.
- Update your ID tags. Have new ones made with updated contact information.
- Make sure you understand pet licensing laws in your new destination.
- HomeAgain® Microchip We are personally fortunate to have had our dog returned to us due to his microchip. Going to an unfamiliar place may make your pets uneasy and they don’t know the surroundings. Make sure you contact the company to provide them with your updated contact information. This is a life saver.
- Keep your pets away during the moving process. It’s very stressful and they will feel insecure as items are being taken from home; especially dogs are territorial and protective of their owners, so this is critical. Board them for the day or have a friend or pet sitter take them for a fun day.
- If you are driving to your destination, make sure you take plenty of breaks to minimize anxiety and car sickness.
- Your pets will take time to explore strange surroundings. Give them space and time needed to get accustomed to your new home. Keep them confined or leashed if you are uncertain about certain behaviors.
- Make sure they have their favorite toys, beds or any other items close by.
- Remember you will be stressed. Try to understand that your pets DON’T understand what is happening and try to be patient with them 🙂
- WATER WATER WATER…especially here in Arizona, we need hydration and so do they. Make sure you have plenty on hand.
- If you must fly with your pets, make sure you do your due diligence with the airlines and your vet. Non-stops are obviously best but sometimes this isn’t possible. Light sedatives might be recommended for air travel.
- Moving to an international destination will take even more research. You need to check with the embassy or consulate regarding health or quarantine issues. There also may be certain documentation required.
Overall, a move is a family affair. Treat your pets as you do your children, and try to assuage any insecurities that will undoubtedly come with this experience. They are our best friends and are VERY adaptable if the right steps are taken.