Moving is a stressful experience for people, so you know it is an extremely stressful experience for our pets! From fear to mild discomfort, you can be sure that your pet will be confused at best. There are a few simple ways you can make the process easier for your pet, and we’re here to help!
Get With Your Vet
A few things you should look into a week before you move can be done with the help of your vet. First, make sure all of your animal friends are up to date on their shots, and that you have a copy of their vaccination records. Next, ask your vet for a recommendation about vets in your new area. Additionally, get new tags for your pets with your new address from your vet if you can. that way, if anyone panics and manages to make a run at the gas station, anyone who finds them can see they have their vaccinations, and they can contact you easily. If you have an anxious pet, ask your vet if he or she thinks sedatives would be a good idea.
Get Properly-Sized Crates
To avoid any getaways when you stop, and to protect your pets in the case of an accident or hard stop, they should be safe in a kennel. In order to keep them comfortable, make sure it is the right size. Consider bringing a blanket to cover the kennel if your pet is easily over-stimulated.
Prepare For Smaller Pets
Smaller animals, such as rodents and fish, are sometimes difficult to move, as great periods of stress or fear can have permanent negative affects. To minimize stress for your fish, place them in a plastic bag with water from their tank. For rodents like rats and gerbils, transfer them to a smaller, safer enclosure for transport, where they are safe from extreme temperatures.