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5 Tips for Moving with Pets


5 Tips for Moving with Pets

Matt Winzenried

Matt has worked in Real Estate since 2005. He has experience in changing markets and economies...

Matt has worked in Real Estate since 2005. He has experience in changing markets and economies...

Jun 6 5 minutes read

Moving to a new home is an exciting milestone, but it can also be a stressful experience—especially for our four-legged family members. While you're caught up in the whirlwind of packing, loading, and transitioning to your new living space, your pets may feel disoriented and anxious by the unfamiliar surroundings and changes to their daily routine. However, with some thoughtful preparation and a few simple steps, you can help make the moving process much smoother and less overwhelming for your furry companions.

Our beloved pets are part of the family, so it's only natural to want to minimize any stress or discomfort they may experience during a move. Whether you're relocating across town or to a new state, the process of packing up your entire household and settling into a different environment can be unsettling for animals who thrive on routine and familiarity. By taking some proactive measures and being mindful of their needs, you can ensure a smoother transition for your pets and help them adjust more quickly to their new home.

1. Update your pets tag with new address. 

Before the move, ensure your pet's collar has up-to-date identification tags with your new address and contact information. 

Most pet stores can make new tags while you wait, or you can order them easily online. Consider getting tags engraved for durability. In addition to the main ID tag, make sure your pet's rabies tag has the new address listed correctly. 

2. Prepare a pet moving kit. 

Pack a "pet essentials" bag with their food, treats, toys, bedding, and any necessary medications to keep them comfortable and calm on moving day. This will allow you to take your time unpacking boxes when you get to your new home — you and your pets have all they will need! 

3. Update vaccinations and records. 

Contact your veterinarian to obtain copies of your pet's medical records and ensure all vaccinations are up-to-date before the move. 

Research vets in your new area and have their contact information handy in case of emergencies. Once you've found a vet in your new area, make an appointment within 3-4 weeks of arriving for an initial visit and to transfer records.

If you're moving to a new city or state, check out their pet vaccination and registration requirements before you arrive so you can be prepared! If your pet has a microchip, make sure to update it with your new information and address! 

4. Prep your new home.

Before your pet arrives, thoroughly inspect the new house and yard for any potential hazards or escape routes. Block off any small spaces where they could get stuck, cover electrical cords, and secure trash cans. For dogs, check the yard for any hazardous materials or any plants you may want your pet to avoid. 

Designate a special area or room just for your pet with their familiar bedding, toys, food/water bowls, and litter box (for cats). Having their own established territory with familiar smells will help them feel more secure. To help them feel even more comfortable, create hiding spots. Pets may want to hide when overwhelmed by the new environment. Provide cozy hiding spots like carriers with bedding or cat trees/tunnels where they can retreat and feel safe.

5. Explore your new neighborhood!

If you have a dog — after some time adjusting to the new home, get ready to embark on an exciting adventure with your pup as you explore the surrounding neighborhood together! Taking your pet on short, exploratory walks is a wonderful way to help them become familiar with the  new sights, smells, and sounds awaiting just outside.

These casual outings allow your dog to embrace their natural curiosity about the area while creating positive associations with the great outdoors in their new territory. Begin with relaxing strolls around the block, letting your pet set the pace as they happily sniff out each intriguing scent. As they grow more confident on each outing, you can gradually increase the distance traveled and scope of your walks. Soon enough, your adventurous pet will be eagerly leading the way to check out nearby parks, trails, or dog-friendly areas you've discovered. With patience and an upbeat attitude, you're bound to unlock their excitement about all the new adventures awaiting you both.

The Pets of the Matt Winzenried Real Estate Partners Team! 📸

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