On the Move
Yesterday I took longtime clients Riley and Dillon, nicknamed “The Fur Boys” for a walk at their new home. They moved last week from a large home with fenced yard to a town home. The Boys are settling in at their new home now, but moving can be a stressful time for us and our pets. Here are a few steps to take to help your pet through a move:
- Maintain your pet’s feeding/walking schedule. Our pets tend to be creatures of habit, so keeping their schedule consistent can work to minimize stressful effects of the move.
- Be sure pet’s belongings like their bed, toys and feeding dishes make the move. Even though the home is different, having their “stuff” with them helps pets feel more comfortable.
- Make time to walk and play with your pet. Having a little extra one-on-one time with you through the moving period can ease their anxiety.
- If you’re moving to another state, check for any differences in laws governing pets. Be sure to schedule a vet visit for your pet prior to the move and ask him/her for recommendations they may have for vets in your new location.
- Keep yourself stress-free. Although moving can be a very trying time, take time to relax. Pets pick up on our stress, so keeping calm can have a soothing effect on them too.
Pets like new sights and smells that a move can bring, explore the new neighborhood with your pet and enjoy!