Our pets are often an integral part of the family. We view them as furry children or special confidants and companions. Moving is stressful on everyone, including pets. Here are some ideas to help your pets on moving day.
The days prior to the move, and especially the day of the move, try to keep your pets routine as normal as possible.
Do not change their diet or give extra “treats” to ease the tension. This can sometimes backfire and upset an already fragile digestive system that is fraught with moving stress.
Take your pet to the new home, if possible, so they can become familiar with the smells and layout.
If you are moving far away and changing vets, make sure you have completed all paperwork and transferred all necessary instructions to the new veterinarian.
Inform the Interiors for Seniors consultant during the initial visit if there will be a pet(s) present. Arrange to have a quiet area where the pet(s) will be sequestered during the move. Place a note on the door or entrance to where the pet(s) will be kept. Inform the IFS staff that there is a pet(s) in the house so that we can provide utmost care.
Be careful when transporting your animal(s) to the new house. They can easily get out if not secured in a carrier. Even if the animal is whining or a bit scared, it is best to leave them in the carrier.
Leave your pet(s) in the original home until the last time possible. Move the house items and get them situated then bring the pet(s) to the new home.
After your move is complete, make sure to update all veterinarian records, microchipping info and pet insurance records of the new address.
Make sure to pet proof your new home. Interiors for Seniors is very proactive in making sure that cords and electrical wires are not out and visible or available for pets to chew on.
Place favorite toys and familiar pillows or blankets where the pet(s) can settle in and become comfortable with their new domicile.
Following these simple tips will make the transition more comfortable for both your family and your pet(s). Follow up reading can be found here... https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/22/smarter-living/moving-with-pets-tips.html
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