Moving with Our Household Pets

Moving can be very stressful for your entire family, but can be especially overwhelming for your pets.

We humans have an entire world outside of our homes but for our pets (be it dogs, cats, reptiles, birds etc) our homes, and we humans, are their ENITRE world. Moving them from one place to another can be stressful and in some cases health compromising for your pet. Then can get lost in the shuffle or worst case scenario end up sick.

There are some steps to make the transition a bit easier for them:

Prior to moving day, make sure your pets are fitted with collars and ID tags with your name and current cell-phone number

An excellent option is to kennel them if one is available during your move, a pet vacation may be the answer.

A crate is an excellent alternative. Make sure it`s large or small enough with plenty of circulation.

It`s hard to move without the doors wide open providing the perfect escape. Crates and cages give your pets a feeling of security and safety. Make sure some of their favorite things are in there.

In extreme cases with very anxious pets, a trip to the vet for something to take the edge off may be in order.

Watch for signs of dehydration and ensure water is fresh and accessible during the transition.

Upset tummies can be treated with a bit of mashed pumpkin mixed in with food and a touch of lemon in the water. But always check with your vet first.

At the new house get an area ready for your pet and fill it with familiar things such as blankets, toys and food and water dishes. Let them explore the new place slowly and a little at a time so as not to overwhelm them too much and before you know it they will start to settle in. For dogs, ensure you accompany them outside for the first few bathroom breaks and help them explore their new environment.

Remember extra love and attention will be required for both your human and non- human family members during our move.