Moving is stressful for everyone involved, especially your furry friends. Here are some curated essential tips and product recommendations to help make your move a paw-sitive experience for you and your pet.
Visit your vet
Before you move, take your pet for a check-up, ensure they’re up to date on vaccinations, get a copy of medical records from your vet and refill any important medications. Consider microchipping your pet if they’re not already, or confirm existing microchip information is up to date.
Alleviate your pet’s anxiety
Moves can be very stressful and even lead to dog separation anxiety or cat separation anxiety. There are a number of supplements, calming vests and pheromone sprays on the market for dogs and cats. Consult with your vet before introducing new supplements.
Prepare for air travel
If you’re flying with your pet, check the airline’s rules for any paperwork you might need from your vet, and to know which supplies to buy. Take time to find the right carrier for your dog or cat and get your pet acclimated to it before you fly.
Prepare for car travel
If you’re driving to your new home, be sure your car is equipped with the right supplies to keep your pet safe and comfortable. Not only will you need the best cat carrier or a crate sized just right for your dog to keep them safe, but you should also travel with a water supply, food and toys for them.
Keep your pet entertained
Boredom is a precursor to anxiety and bad behavior, especially during a high-stress time like a move. Distract your furry friend with brain-stimulating toys to keep them focused on playtime instead of moving stresses.