Moving into your new home is usually very stressful. You have a ton of things and people to manage and look after. On your comprehensive To-Do list make sure that you do not forget to take care of your pets.
If moving is stressful for you, just imagine how stressful your pets are feeling. To make sure your pets are comfortable with the moving process, and are easily able to adjust to their new environment, you need to make a little extra effort. These steps will help you make the moving process smoother, less stressful and comfortable for your pets.
1. Be Fully Aware Of Pet Rules and Regulations
Save your pets some extra stress and trouble by educating yourself with the rules and regulations of the area that you are moving to. Your landlord or home-association might have specific rules that you need to be aware of. You can contact an experienced Penticton realtor to gather the necessary information.
The rules may include pet registration, additional vaccines, checkup and medication, individual pet fees, and other certifications. Knowing the rules and regulations beforehand will give you the time to deal with all the matters before your pets are moved into your new house.
2. Have Complete Information about Vets in Your New Area
Research nearby vets in your new area. You can find them on the Internet, ask your current vet, or one of your new neighbours to recommend a vet in your new area.
Emergencies can occur at any time. It is necessary to know what services the vet provides, and during what time of the day and the days of the week the vet is available.
3. Take Your Pet for a Full Check-Up
Your current vet knows your pet better, so make sure you visit them for a complete checkup before you leave. Ask your vet about the essential medicines to keep in your pet’s travel bag, and don’t forget to take the complete medical history of your pet to show your new vet.
4. Prepare a Pet Travel Essentials Bag
You will have a million things on your mind during the moving process, so to save yourself extra trouble, make a Pet Travel Essentials Bag. The bag should include a few packets of your pet’s favorite food, water, essential medicines, important documents, a comfortable blanket, a leash, and a few of your pet’s favorite toys to help them de-stress at their new home.
5. Plan the Travelling Process
Don’t trust the moving company or anyone else to move your pet from your old house to the new one. You have to ensure that you are with your pet at this emotionally stressful time. Apart from this, consult your vet and car company in advance to ensure that your car is fit for moving your pet.
6. Keep Your House Completely Ready
Your pet would already be under a lot of stress, so make sure that your house is ready when you decide to bring your pet to the new home. All major construction projects should be completed, if possible, and the house should be clear of any chemical odor, glass pieces or poisonous items.
7. Update Their Data
It is essential for you to get your pet registered in the new area. Ask a neighbour who owns a pet if they know what agency you need to talk to. Apart from that, make sure that the information on your pet’s collar is updated and if it has a microchip – its data is updated with your new location details.
8. Take a Walk around the Area
You might know the area very well, but visiting the area in a car is different from going for a walk and checking where you’ll be walking your pet.
9. Take Your Pets for a Walk
To make them familiar with the new area, it is a better idea to take them for a walk rather than leaving them on their own to discover the area because there is a high chance they might get lost or get scared and hide in some place. Taking them for a walk will comfort them and help them trust their new surroundings. It’s important to keep them on a leash for the first few weeks so they don’t bolt and disappear.
10. Keep Your Pets Indoors for Two Weeks
If you have cats that you let out at night it’s important to keep them inside your home for at least two weeks, so they learn that this is where you live now, and this is where they will be fed.