Moving With Your Pets? How to Prepare Them for That Big Move
Moving house is a stressful experience for everybody involved. There's so much that has to be planned and prepared that it's sometimes hard to remember that moving can be just as stressful for your pet as it is for you. You will probably get a removalist for your furniture and household items, but maybe you haven't thought about how you are bringing your pet with you to your new home. An easy solution is to hire a pet transportation company. Before you do this, however, there are some things you need to do.
Take them to the vet
The first thing you need to do is to take your pet to the vet weeks before actually moving. Your pet needs to have all applicable vaccinations to be allowed to be moved by a pet transportation company. If you're moving to another state, you should make sure your pet has all the vaccinations demanded for that state, so you don't have to take it to the vet the first thing you do when you arrive. Ask your vet for your pet's records and vaccination certificates, as the pet transportation company might ask for them, but also because you need to show them to your new vet when you've moved in at the new place.
Provide a crate
The pet transportation company should offer a crate that is suitable for your pet, but if you want them to feel more secure, you should give them the crate you use to transport your pet normally. The crate needs to be large enough for your pet to move freely, but not so big that they can run around and possibly hurt themselves in it. Also, make sure to cut their claws before entering the crate. If they become distressed, you don't want them to be able to hurt themselves or the crate.
On moving day
Packing up the house can be a very stressful experience for your pet, as most animals rely on habits and familiar surroundings to feel safe. When that changes, they might get very worried and act in a way you've never seen them before. When the furniture removalists show up at your home, your pet should be confined a little bit away from the actual moving site. Make sure they have access to shade and water, and that you check up on them regularly to make sure they aren't too stressed. If you have a pet that is very prone to stress, you should ask the pet transportation company if they offer to keep the pet at their facilities during the moving day before they transport the pet to your new home.