When you buy a new home, one of the most common problems homeowners run into is how they are going to move their pet. Here is some must know information that you need if you’re going to successfully relocate your pet.
Preparing for your move
Many pet are nervous travelers. If your dog or cat hasn’t done a lot of traveling in the car or by plane, then it’s probably a good idea to get them checked out by their vet beforehand. Ask your veterinarian if they have any sedatives that can help your pet relax during a stressful car ride or plane. Purchase a car carrier large enough so that they will be comfortable for however long the trip may be. Remember, Airlines have special instructions on what type of crates they can accept live animals in, so check with the manufacture’s label to make sure that their carriers are FAA approved. If they aren’t, you’ll be turned away at the gate!
Moving day’s here!
It’s time, all the boxes are packed, the truck is ready to go, and it’s time to sedate your pet. If you can, keep them close so you can help keep them calm, or reassure them whenever they’re not sleeping during the move. Keep water, food and treats handy to help distract your pet from the stress of the move.
There are also several great websites online that can give you additional tips to help you out while traveling with your pet. Trips with Pets is a notable resource that many people turn to with great success.
Gradually adjust your pet to their new environment
A new home can be stressful for a pet. Nothing smells familiar, and everything is new. To make sure that a pet feels comfortable in their new home, help them by gradually adjusting them to their new living space. Introduce your pet to one new room at a time, this way, by limiting your pet’s space; they can become more comfortable with a new room over time instead of being overwhelmed by what may look like an infinite amount of new places to the pet.
If you have a huge (and hopefully fenced) backyard, you’ll want to make sure there are no holes that sneaky pets can dig under and get away from you with. Inspect your fence line carefully and fill in any holes or natural depressions you may find with rocks or cement. A good way to help them acclimate to their new backyard, you can put them on a leash that limits their movements while they’re outside. This way, they can safely explore the backyard while you shore up any possible places for them to escape.
While your pet is inside, you’ll want to make sure there aren’t any loose wires, or places where they might hurt themselves. Do your best to eliminate or cover any potential problem areas you may find. Your pet will be very unfamiliar with its new area, and will do their best to explore and get lost. They also may show signs of stress by eating, chewing, or scratching themselves or their environment. If there’s a way for them to get out or cause trouble, your pet will probably find it, so you’ll have to stay ahead of them. It is best to keep them crated when you are aware until they are comfortable with their new environment. You can gradually increase the amount of time and area as your pet gets more comfortable with the new home.
Transitioning a pet is tough for many people, but it can be done if you are patient and prepared. Put an emphasis on your pet’s health and they’ll be there to share many more happy memories with you in your brand new home!