Your moving day is set and it’s 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.
When moving to a different city or state, one of the main things you need to take into consideration is finding a new veterinarian. You want to make sure that you find one that is the right fit for you and your pet. If you have family or friends in the area you can ask them for recommendations. You can also ask your Realtor! Realtors know the area well and can be a great source of recommendations, pet related or not. And of course, you can always 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. Then schedule a “get to know you” appointment shortly after your move.
Whether it’s a short drive or a long plane ride, your pet may need to be put into a carrier. For most pets, this is a foreign concept and they require time to get comfortable with it. Even simply riding in a car may be new for some! Start acclimating your pet as early as possible and use comfort items like treats, favorite toys and blankets to make the experience a positive one for your pet. If you are traveling by car, remember to schedule time for potty breaks and fresh air as well as bringing a bowl and water for your pit stops.
Pad your moving schedule with ample time to get your pet acclimated to their new home. While the movers are still hard at work, keep your pets safely away from foot traffic to reduce stress. Once the movers have left, make sure to clear anything that could be dangerous and block off areas as necessary. You can then let them free to get a lay of the land on their own. Remember, this will be new territory for them so they may need a few days to get a new potty routine under their belt.
Moves always come with a big bag of emotions. They can be stressful, nerve-wrecking and exciting, all at the same time. Remember our pets can feel this energy too and need extra attention and guidance during this time. As we mentioned above, Realtors are a great source of recommendations and referrals. At Arrive Real Estate Group, we are always happy to assist our clients whether it’s providing a list of the nearest dog parks or the fastest plumber or even the best ice cream in town. Contact us today to see how we can help you and your family transition to your next home!