We all know that moving in and around Sydney can be a stressful experience. The packing, coordinating, and moving into a new space can send our nerves into the stratosphere. As unsettling as the moving experience is for us humans, imagine how much harder it can be on our beloved pets who have no idea what’s happening in the place they call home.
That’s why it’s important to take proper precautions in the weeks leading up to your move and on moving day itself to ensure your pets are prepared for the big change. And because we’re here to help, we’ve gathered 5 insider tips to help you make your move as stress free as possible…for you and your pets.
1. Contact Your Vet and Schedule a Check Up
If your pet hasn’t had a recent checkup, it’s a good idea to schedule one prior to the move. Your vet can give Fido a once over to make sure he’s in good health and provide you with a copy of vaccination records. If your pet struggles with travel anxiety, be sure to share the information with your vet. He or she may prescribe medication that will help keep your pet calm.
If you haven’t had your pet microchipped, consider doing so before you move. It’s not unusual for pets to feel unsettled when they first arrive at a new home, and some have been known to run off in an unfamiliar area. The peace of mind you’ll have knowing your pet is microchipped is invaluable. If your pet is already microchipped, be sure to update your information and include your new address.
Finally, if you are moving to another town, ask your vet for a copy of your records and find a doggie doctor in your new area ASAP.
2. Pack a Bag of Essentials for Moving Day
Just as you’ll do with every other family member, make sure Fido and Fluffy have their own “go bag” packed for moving day. It should be everything you’ll need for the first few days in the new home—bowls, food, bedding, toys, and grooming supplies.
3. Keep Pets Out of the Way While You Prep and Move
Your pets may not understand exactly what’s happening as you prepare for your move…but they definitely know that something is up. And if packing causes you stress, you can be certain your animals will pick up on your nervous energy and may possibly act out.
Try to keep them away from the packing action. Keep doors closed as you pack up a room or close them off in a quiet area of the house or let them frolic in the backyard.
On moving day, it’s safest for your animals and your removalist team if your pets are not underfoot. Consider boarding them or letting them stay with a pet sitter or friend on moving day. If they must be at home, confine them to a back room with their favorite bedding and toys and plenty of food and water. Be sure to post a sign on the door alerting the movers to the presence of animals in the room.
4. You’re in Charge of Moving Your Pet
Movers will not take on the responsibility of transporting your pet from one home to the next…and being sent off with strangers would likely be torture for your beloved fur buddy anyway. Plan to move your pets yourself in your own vehicle. Smaller dogs and cats should be moved in pet carriers for safety (and be sure to keep them crated until you arrive at your new destination and the movers have completed their work).
There are pet transport companies that specialise in local and interstate transportation of pets. If you decide to use such a company, be sure to ask for references to ensure you’re using a qualified pet mover.
5. Give Pets Time to Adjust
Be sure to give your pets plenty of time to adjust to their new home. Try to adhere to old routines as much as possible. If your pup is used to going for a walk in the mornings, continue the tradition in your new neighborhood. Not only will the routine feel comforting to your pup, but it will also help them get acclimated to their new environment.
Set up your pet’s space in your new home right away. Having familiar bedding and toys will go a long way in helping him or her feel comfortable…and don’t forget to offer lots of extra love and attention as they adjust.
By following these tips, you can ensure that the move into your new home will be smooth and stress free…for both you and your pets. And, if you find yourself in need of reliable removalists, we hope you’ll contact us at Holloway. Our team will treat you and your pets with the utmost respect and get you settled into your no home in no time.