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July 24, 2023

A Guide for Moving with Furry Family Members

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

Moving with your pets is much different than moving without them. You will need to make sure they are happy and protected, in addition to ensuring you're still able to do all the tasks you need to do for your move. Continue reading to find out how to move together with furry members of the family.

Getting ready for your move

Step one is to get all their medical records. This really should not be difficult since most veterinarians will simply transfer the records electronically.

It is also necessary to replenish any medications which they take and bring the medications along on the journey with them!

If you're driving a long distance or even just locally, it might help to bring some bedding for your pet such as blankets or towels that can function as makeshift beds in the car. They might feel more comfortable resting on something soft as compared to sitting on plastic or metal from a carrier or kennel for a prolonged period of time.

Packing the essentials

You cannot move along with your pets without packing the basics, including everything from their food to their treasured toy. The best thing you could do is pack these items inside of a box on their own to make sure they are easy to find when you want them. With regards to food, place enough for around two weeks for every family pet in a container or perhaps box that has an airtight seal on it.

Then, make sure your furry friends always have toys and treats readily available. It's also wise to include all medications or grooming supplies for special requirements your pet might have. Also remember about leashes, collars, and other safety gear!

Deciding on the best kind of carrier

When moving together with pets, you need to make sure you can get them from one house to the other securely. One of the better approaches to do this is by making use of a carrier. There are several types of carriers on the market, so you'll need to take some time and energy to determine which sort is ideal for your pet.

No matter what kind of carrier you decide on, ensure it is large enough for your pet; otherwise, they might be cramped during their journey!

Ensuring safety and comfort

Furry friends can feel worry and also stress and in addition they recognize if circumstances are changing, even though they are unable to explain to you. This means they're more prone to attempt to sprint outdoors when a door is open. They may be likely to nip at folks - both familiar and visitors - or perhaps to hide in different spots.

It's a good idea to offer a safe spot for your pet to go should they be feeling stressed. And if you may be pre-occupied and unable to monitor them, for instance for the duration of packing or even when the moving company in Little Rock is loading or unloading the truck, you might want to put them in an empty room or bathroom with the door shut to make certain they don't get away.

On moving day, swap out the tags on their collar with new ones which list your new address and also, if applicable, new phone number. This ensures that in case your furry friend runs away or maybe otherwise lost during the move, they shall be able to find their way back to you. You should also change their microchip information during this time period with all the new details.

Unique difficulties while moving with domestic pets

Moving with household pets has distinctive obstacles which you don't need to bother about when moving without them. For instance, your pet is typically not going to be very pumped up about the notion of the moving company in Little Rock entering into the residence and messing up his preferred spots with packing containers. But it's also important to be aware what you're able to do to make sure your pet is at ease and safe during the move. Luckily, there are some easy steps you'll be able to take to make certain they are happy throughout the transition.

To begin with, try saving their area for last when packing. Always keep the turmoil out of their bedding, eating, and bathroom spots as much as you are able to. This provides them safe and sound areas to retreat to.

Put pets in an unfilled room and shut the door each while moving out of your current house and into your new house. You might have to do this each time you come and go temporarily as your family pet adjusts to their new home.

Next, if you are relocating to a new home in a nearby area, try taking your dog for walks or to a dog park in the new community for them to start getting accustomed to the vicinity. Should you have a cat, consider bringing something from the new home to your current house so the cat may sniff it and get familiar with the smell.

Relocating interferes with their schedule and also life in general, so it is important they have plenty of time to get familiar in their new surroundings. Look for approaches to expose them into their new residence prior to when you officially move in together. Take them around the residence on a leash or allow them to investigate outdoors while supervised.

Moving with household pets can be quite a little more challenging as opposed to relocating alone. Follow this guide and you'll be well prepared.


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