” Animals are such agreeable friends – they ask no questions; they pass no criticisms.” – George Eliot
Preparing Your Pets for Moving Day
All of our agents are animal lovers, having fur babies of their own! Your moving day is set and it’t time to start preparing. As you’re making your lists and checking them twice, don’t forget to factor in your furry friends. Here are some tips for making sure the process goes smoothly.
- Medical Records – When moving to a different city or state, one of the main things you need to take into consideration is finding a new veterinarian that is the right fit for you and your pet. If you have family or friends in the area ask for recommendations and/or do your own research by reading reviews and news articles. Once you find one, contact your current vet to initiate a transfer of medical records. Schedule a “get to know you” appointment shortly after you move.
- Transportation – Whether it’s a short drive or a long plane ride, your pet will likely be put into a carrier. For a lot of pets this is a foreign concept and they need time to get comfortable with it. Start acclimating your pet as soon as possible and use comfort items like treats, favorite toys and blankets to make the experience a positive one for your pets.
- Acclimation – Pad your moving schedule with ample time to get your dog or cat acclimated with their new home. While the movers are hard at work, keep them safely away from foot traffic to reduce stress. Once they’ve left make sure to clear anything that could be dangerous and block off area as necessary then let them free to get a lay of the land on their own.