7 Tips for Moving with a Pet

Moving to a new place can be a stressful, chaotic mess of packing tape and cardboard boxes. Between searching for a new place to live, hiring a quality moving company, and packing up your life, you can hardly think. It’s easy to get caught up in a move and forget something important. Don’t let that important thing be your pet!

You may not have realized that moving is just as stressful on your pets as it is for you. Moving to a new, unfamiliar environment can be jarring for animals of all kinds. Not to mention, the physical transporting of your pets from point A to point B can be taxing depending on a variety of factors, such as distance and mode of transportation.

But you shouldn’t worry – there are plenty of tips and tricks you can follow to make moving safe and easy for your furry friends!

  1. If you are moving long-distance, inform your vet. You will want to take shot records, prescriptions, and any other medical necessities with you to your new location. If your vet is familiar with the area, they may also be able to recommend a vet in your new location.
  2. Keep things normal. Pets know when things are a little off. If you are packing up in one night, your pet is going to get anxious. It’s best to pack over a long period of time, so your pet can get used to the change, gradually.
  3. On moving day, keep your pets in a quiet room with the door shut. This will ensure their safety while you and your movers are packing up the house and loading the truck.
  4. Make sure you have a proper crate for moving day. To make your pets more comfortable, consider crate-training them before the big day. Your pets will be less anxious if they have been inside of their crate before.
  5. Make a new identification tag. In the even your pet gets lost, proper identification is key to them being returned home safely. As soon as you know your new address, it’s best to have new tags made.
  6. Pack your pet a box of necessities. Just like you will need things on the day of your move, your pet will require food, water, treats, and toys to stay occupied during travel.
  7. When you arrive, let your pet explore one room. Pets will take time to get accustomed to your new abode. Letting them explore one room at first – especially if it includes food, water, treats, and toys – will make them feel more secure.

Pets experience anxiety and stress much like we do, so don’t forget about their feelings during moving day. To keep them calm, collected, and ready to take on this new adventure with you, remember our tips – and to take the stress off of you, consider hiring a moving company to do all of the heavy lifting for your next move.

If you are moving to or from the Washington, DC metro area, Georgetown Moving and Storage Company offers a variety of moving and storage solutions to meet your needs. Give us a call at (703) 466-0575 to schedule our movers now!

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