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tips to help pets handle a relocation

Moving can be stressful. If the process of finding a new place to live wasn't difficult enough, then the task of getting everything packed and out of your current residence on time is sure to complicate matters.

For pet owners, the moving process can be even more difficult. Renters often find the rental market is less than enthusiastic about pets, and even landlords who allow pets might require a larger security deposit. But once that deposit has been made, it is time to move, a process that can be difficult for renters and buyers alike. Pets are often averse to change, and few changes are as significant as changing residences. But there are ways that pet owners can make moving easier on themselves and their pets.

spread things out
Sudden changes can increase pets' anxiety levels, which can alter their behavior. When getting ready to move, spread things like packing out over time, gradually packing items away so pets won't panic as their environment changes. Avoid packing pets' comfort items, such as bedding and toys, until the last minute.

arrange for travel well in advance of your move
If you're moving relatively close by, then your trip to your new home may be no different for a pet than a standard road trip. In such instances, pack toys and snacks in the car to keep your pet occupied throughout the trip.

If flying will be a part of your move, then arrange for travel as soon as possible. Doing so increases the chances you can get a nonstop flight, which will be easier on you and especially your pet, who won't be as used to the changes in air pressure on an airplane as his or her owners are. Flying can be uncomfortable for pets no matter how considerate an airline is, so limit your move to a single nonstop flight when possible.

visit the veterinarian before making your trip
Pet owners should take their pet to the veterinarian one last time before moving. Ask for the animal’s health records, including documentation of its vaccination history as well as any past illnesses or conditions the pet might have experienced. The vet visit is also a good time to get the animal one last checkup so the vet can ensure that the pet is healthy enough to travel.

When visiting the vet, discuss any past travel issues your pet might have had. In some cases, the vet might prescribe an anti-anxiety medication if the pet has a history of anxiety when traveling.

give pets their own spot on moving day
Moving day can be hectic, especially when pet owners hire professional movers. It can be difficult for pets to adjust to strangers in a home, and movers will be in and out of your home all day on moving day. Designate a room in your house for your pet, and make sure the movers know not to enter that room. Place feeding dishes, water bowls and toys in the room so pets can eat, drink and remain occupied until the time comes to leave the house. On a nice day, consider letting the dogs play in a fenced-in yard or use a tree lead that allows pets to play in the yard without the freedom to run away.

stick to your routine
Pets thrive with routine, so while the days leading up to a move can be hectic, stick to your pet’s routine as much as possible. This includes feeding times, morning and evening walks and even the time you set aside for play each day. If problems arise with your mood, don’t allow your pet to see you lose your temper or succumb to stress, as this can cause a spike in pets’ anxiety levels that can make the move more difficult.

When moving, pet owners should take all the necessary precautions to ensure their pet has a safe and comfy move.

– Metro Creative

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