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Prepping Your Pet for a Move to Spring

Cats Exploring Moving Day BoxesFor both you and your pet, relocating to Spring may be both exciting and stressful. That is why it is critical to begin assisting your pet in preparing for the relocation as soon as possible. Even a short distance transfer can disturb your pet’s routine and sense of security, and large relocation can be very difficult for a furry family member. Here are some recommendations to help get your pet ready for the big day so that your move is as painless as possible for them.

Plan Ahead

It’s advisable to start preparing your pet as soon as possible if you’ll be moving with them soon. You’ll need a plan to take care of a few crucial issues ahead of time to guarantee the relocation goes smoothly. For example, double-check your pet’s license, tags, and microchip information. It’s also a good idea to arrange an appointment with your veterinarian to ensure that your pet is healthy and that you have all of the meds they require. However, avoid scheduling appointments too soon to the relocation, particularly if your pet is not a fan of the veterinarian’s office.

Stick to Routines

Animals are highly habitual creatures who thrive on routine. Moving, especially in the weeks preceding and following, can be extremely stressful for pets. As you begin packing for your relocation, make every effort to maintain your typical routine. This is particularly crucial for dogs, who, if ignored, may become agitated or destructive. Continue to take your walks and feed your pets at the same time every day as much as possible, and make time for play as well.

Introduce Their Crate Early

If your pet has to spend time in a crate or kennel as part of your move, this can be quite unpleasant, especially if they don’t normally sleep in one. One of the most effective ways to prepare your pet for the relocation is to introduce the crate weeks ahead of time and have them identify it with good associations. For instance, encourage them to investigate the crate and then reward them with sweets when they do. This will assist in preventing your pet from becoming unusually fearful on the big day.

Include Comfort Items

Pets yearn for the familiar scents and sounds of home. You can bring those sensory toys with you and keep them with your pet during the relocation to assist them in remaining calm. Keep your pet’s favorite blanket or pet bed with them throughout the move. In anxious times, a beloved toy or even a piece of your clothes can be used to calm a pet. Additionally, separate your pet’s food, treats, and water and keep them with you prior to, during, and after the transfer.

Create a Safe Space

Once the big day approaches, you may want to consider cordoning off an area specifically for your pet. Pets typically grow anxious and may run away during a relocation, so keeping them in a quiet room or enclosed yard is preferable. You may also want to ask if a friend or family member could care for your pet throughout the move to help them avoid the stress and disruption. You may assist control your pet’s stress while also keeping them out from underfoot by providing them with a safe place to remain throughout the move.


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