In the hustle and bustle of moving to your new Florida home, it’s important to remember to take time and prepare your pets for the move. Your furry (or scaly) friends can pick up on the stress and chaos often associated with moving, leading to a variety of problems that can be avoided with a little bit of planning and preparation.
Here are some tips for moving with pets, to help your pets feel purr-fectly calm and ruff-laxed before, during, and after the move.
Update Your Pet’s ID Tag and Microchip Information
Include your new address, phone number, and updated rabies tag. Be sure the collar that the tags are on is well-fitting and secure so that they don’t slip out of it in a moment of panic.
Even if your pet is microchipped, it’s important for them to wear a collar, if possible. If they do get loose during the move or in your new neighborhood, this puts your contact details immediately at the fingertips of whoever finds them.
Organize Your Vet Records
If you’re moving to a new city that will require finding a new veterinarian, be sure to get all of your vet records from the previous office. While you’re there, you can ask your vet for a recommendation of an office in your new town. If your pet is naturally nervous or high-stress, also consider talking to your vet about a sedative or stress-reducing medication for the move.
Get Fido and Fluffy Used to Their Travel Accommodations
If your pet is traveling in a new carrier, or not used to traveling by car, get them used to their moving accommodations in the days ahead of your move. Leave a new carrier out in an area of your house where your pets can sniff it, rub on it, lie in it, and get comfortable with it. If they’ve not had many car trips and you are traveling a long-distance in the car, take short trips around your neighborhood so they can get used to the sensation of driving.
Prepare a Pet Kit
When packing, ensure you have a pet kit ready to go and that it is with you and your pet during the move.
Moving by Car
Whether you are driving across the country or your new Florida home is just a short drive away, here are tips for traveling with pets in the car.
Moving by Plane
If you’re relocating to Florida by plane, start by making sure that your airline caters to your pet. You’ll have to make sure you have all of the appropriate documentation and supplies required by the U.S. Department of Transportation.
To create a smooth experience for your pet when traveling by plane:
The biggest advice pet professionals give to movers is to have a comfortable space set up for your pets in your new home, and to get them back on their normal routine as soon as possible. Before you let your pet free to explore your home, follow these precautions:
It may take some time for your furry friends to acclimate to their new home, and every pet will handle a move differently. Ultimately, you know your pet best, and continuing to shower them with plenty of love, affection, and reassurance throughout the move will help keep you both happy and stress at a minimum!
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