How to prepare your pet for moving

Moving with your pet is one of those things that might seem easy, but it rarely ever is. Preparing your furry friend for the journey that’s ahead can be very complicated and tiresome – for both you and your pet. And bear in mind that this is the point in your life when you will have to deal with a plethora of different tasks, such as finding long distance movers Philadelphia, packing your items, and worrying about moving day accidents. However, none of them can take precedence over the task of trying to prepare your pet for moving. Today, we are going to help you do just that!

Start by preparing your pet’s essential items

If you have ever read any relocation 101 guide, then we are sure you came across the term ‘an essentials bag.’ In moving terminology, this is the bag that you prepare a day before the move with the intention of packing your essential items for that first day and night in the new house. And if you need an essentials bag, then why do you think it would be any different for your pet?

An empty suitcase.
Prepare a bag that will serve as your first aid kit for that first day and night.

What goes into your pet’s essentials box is up to you. However, we do suggest you pack some food, kitty litter, toys, and grooming tools. It’s also important to mention that this bag should not be packed by your movers Narberth PA and placed into the moving truck. Instead, it should be kept by your side at all times.

Prepare your pet for moving with a visit to the vet

We really hope that your pet is in perfect health and has never had any health complications. Even if that is the case, a visit to the vet is a mandatory task when moving. Of course, this visit is that much more important if your pet is taking any prescription medications, in which case you need to get a refill. While there, ask your vet whether he/she can recommend someone else in the new area. You must ensure you know where to find a good vet in case of any emergency.

Reduce the stress by keeping your pet away

There are absolutely no reasons for your pet to be involved in the action. All the hustle and bustle that your local movers in Philadelphia will inevitably make will only put stress on your animal. That’s why you need to act as a responsible pet owner by ensuring they remain in the quietest area possible. That being said, you definitely shouldn’t just throw them in a room you’ve freed up and leave them there. Check on them regularly and tend to their needs. Feed them if they are hungry, take them for a walk if it’s that time of the day, and always ensure they are in a room with a safe temperature. Your pet is a very tender creature, and you should treat it as such.

A cat and a dog.
Do not break the habits you have so carefully built with your pet.

Your pet travels in your vehicle

The most comfortable thing for your dog or cat is to be with you whenever possible. So when going through a stressful occasion that moving definitely is, make sure you do everything to keep your pet calm. That means taking your pet in your vehicle and driving it to your new house. In case you have a small dog or a cat, you can put them in a carrier in the back seat and secure them with a seatbelt. When it comes to large dogs, you can move them in a kennel that will be placed in the back of the car. However, you might need to put seats down if that’s an option.

What we here at Superior Moving & Storage suggest is putting a blanket over your pet’s carrier. This way, they won’t be able to see the changing environment, so they will be much calmer during transport. Once again, always make sure that the temperature is pleasant so that they don’t overheat and have enough air to breathe.

Prepare your pet for a long ride home

Although, whether you are going on a long car ride or a short one primarily depends on how far away you are moving. You might be moving to the neighboring city in which case the ride won’t be a long one. But if you are moving across the country, then you and your dog are in for quite a ride. However long the car ride is, you shouldn’t let your pet out before you arrive. If they do get out, they can easily get lost, and the last thing you need is the stress of looking for a lost animal.

Move your pet after moving your house

Moving is stressful for you, so you can only imagine how challenging it’s going to be for your pet. The good thing is that you can prepare your pet for moving, taking some of the stress away. In order to keep your beloved pooch calm throughout the process, it would be best to first relocate your belongings and then let your pet settle into your new home. Surround them by all things that are familiar to them, such as their toys and blankets. Rest assured that by doing so, you will have one happy pet jumping around the house.

Prepare your pet for moving by showing love.
The most important thing you can give your dog/cat is love.

To best prepare your pet for moving, just shower them with love

At the end of the day, you’ll notice that the key ingredient is love. If you show your pet the love they need, it will be much easier for them to survive what’s ahead. Of course, follow all the steps that we have listed here as they will help you prepare your pet for moving. And trust that, at the end of the day, everything will work out in your favor.

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