There’s an incredible number of things to get organised when you’re preparing to move home – and when you have pets, things become even more complicated.
Moving with pets can be very stressful for all. Changing environment takes some getting used to, so we’ve put together a list of tips to help you make the move as comfortable as possible, for you and your four-legged family members.
Keep your routine.
It’s important to try and make your pets feel as comfortable as possible during the moving process. A simple way to maintain a little bit of normality is to make sure that you stick to your regular routine. This means that meal times, walk times and sleep times should remain as close to your usual schedule as possible. This helps to lessen the shock of a new environment for your furry friends.
Check up on the vet.
If you’re going to a different suburb, it’s a good idea to look into a replacement vet clinic before moving with pets. Be sure to obtain your pet’s medical records, including vaccinations and medication history from your current vet. If your pet is a senior or has health problems, your vet may also suggest a mild sedative to help them to relax a little on moving day. If your pet is micro chipped, make sure their records are changed to your new address. This means that in all the craziness of the shift, you can rest easy knowing that you’ve got an action plan, ready to go.
Don’t wash it.
Scent is very important to your four-legged family members. When you’re moving, avoid the temptation to wash their bedding and toys until at least a couple of weeks after you’ve relocated. This gives them a chance to adjust to their new home, whilst also having the comfort of familiar smells. Once you’re done with moving, it can be a good idea to take dogs on regular walks to help them get accustomed to their new surroundings, and all the new scents that come with it.
Moving home can make some pets very anxious. Keeping them inside, in a closed off area is a clever way to make sure that they don’t run away while you’re busy carrying everything into your new home. It’s a good idea to keep your pet’s familiar things in this room with them for comfort. Once things are settled, let your pet roam around the whole house to explore. It’s a new turf for everyone! When you do let them outside, be sure to keep them on a leash until they’re at ease with their surroundings.
And if you and your furry friend need a hand with knowing who to tell about your big move, don’t forget to print out our Moving Home Checklist for changing your address.