Tips for Moving with a Pet
Moving is an exciting and stressful time for everyone, including your pet. Since your pet can’t speak English, there is no way to tell them exactly what is going on. Thus, you must do whatever you can to reduce their stress during this transition. Here are a few tips for keeping your pets and yourself, sane!
Chat with your vet ahead of time
Let your vet know that you are moving away so they can send prescriptions and records with you. They may even be able to recommend a vet in your new neighborhood. This is also a great opportunity to ensure your pet has an extra supply of their medicines so you don’t have to worry about them in the first few weeks.
Avoid the action
On moving day, reduce your pets stress by removing them from the action. Boarding your furry friend, or sending them to visit with a friend for the day is recommended. However, if this is not an option, we suggest secluding them from the chaos. You could empty a bedroom early so they have a place to be secluded with their food, water, litter box, and some toys. If your secluding a dog, be sure to visit them for bathroom breaks and walks throughout the day. Your kitty friends would also enjoy a visit!
Welcome them home!
Once you arrive, introduce your pet to their new home slowly. Try to have one room set up with familiar objects to comfort your pet. It is so important not to introduce your pet to too much too soon. They can become frightened or confused and escape from the house. Given the unfamiliar surroundings, it is very easy for pets to become lost. A slow, gradual introduction from the inside out will ensure your pet isn’t too stressed and doesn’t get away from you.
For more advice, chat with your vet! If you need a recommendation for pet sitters in the Charleston area, just holler!