How to Minimize Moving Trauma for Pets

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Moving With Pets

Sure, moving is tough for you. But, it can be particularly traumatic for your pets. Whether you’re moving across the country or just across the neighborhood, all of that change can be tough for them to process. And, your pets may have an especially rough time if your move involves a long car trip or even a plane ride.

I know you love your pets, so you’re probably looking for ways to make the transition easier for them. Put these tips into action, and your furry family members will be adjusted in no time!

1. Make an appointment with your veterinarian.

Before moving day arrives, make sure you schedule an appointment with your regular veterinarian. This will give you a chance to ensure that your pet is up-to-date on all necessary vaccinations, as well as get your pet’s medications refilled and talk with your veterinarian about any suggestions for making the move easier. You may want to ask your vet if they believe a pet sedative is necessary to make it through moving day. Your final vet appointment is also a great time to ask your veterinarian for a recommendation for a vet in your new area!

2. Remember their needs during travel.

It should come as no surprise that traveling with a pet is much different than traveling with a human. Dogs will need to stop for frequent potty breaks. Cats should have roomy carriers that allow them to stretch out and drink water, to ensure for a comfortable ride. Your move isn’t all about the perfect playlist and your favorite road food — you need to make sure your pet is secure and comfortable too!

3. Allow your pet to explore their new surroundings.

When you arrive at your new residence, don’t force your pet to explore immediately. Let them move at their own pace and get acclimated. It may take them a while to warm up to their new home — and that’s perfectly ok! Give them the time they need to explore and get settled. It’ll pay off in the long run!

4. Make the space as comfortable as possible.

To make the transition a little easier, set out some things that are familiar for your pets. This could be their bed, favorite toys, litter box, or food and water dishes. Putting out familiar items will make it clear to your pet that this is a space they can feel comfortable in.

5. Be understanding of strange behavior.

There’s no way around it — sometimes pets have a tough time adjusting to a new space. When we moved into our new home, our flawlessly potty-trained dog peed about four times in the same room. Try to be understanding of your pet’s mistakes and strange behavior. This is a stressful time for them, and they just need some time to adjust. They’ll be back to their old selves in no time!

Moving is stressful on its own. Throw in the needs of your pet, and you have a recipe for a nightmare! But, relocating with your beloved pets doesn’t need to be a headache. Keep some of these tips in mind to make your move a breeze!

Kat Boogaard

Kat Boogaard

Kat Boogaard is a Midwest-based freelance writer and blogger who loves lending her voice to a variety of publications and organizations. When she manages to escape from behind her computer screen, she enjoys reading, babying her rescued terrier mutt and obsessively organizing her entire home.
Kat Boogaard
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About Kat Boogaard

Kat Boogaard is a Midwest-based freelance writer and blogger who loves lending her voice to a variety of publications and organizations. When she manages to escape from behind her computer screen, she enjoys reading, babying her rescued terrier mutt and obsessively organizing her entire home.