How to Move with Pets

Moving to a new home can be a wonderful experience and a chance for a fresh start on a new chapter of your life story. As exciting as moving can be, however, it can also be a very stressful time, and planning ahead can make all the difference between a smooth and organized house transfer and a chaotic one.

As tough as moving can be on us humans, it can also take its toll on our furry, feathered, and scaled family members as well. Whether you share your home with dogs, cats, fish, birds, or reptiles, moving with pets can be another source of stress for you and a potentially traumatic experience for them.

As a leading Hawthorne moving company that specializes in all types of relocation's - from local moving to long distance moves, Blue Chip Moving & Storage is committed to providing top-quality services to facilitate less-stressful, hassle-free relocation's for our customers. If you’re moving with pets, take a look at these helpful tips to learn how to make relocation easier on you and them.

Visit the Veterinarian

Once the papers are signed, and the move is finalized, the first thing you will want to do is make a final trip to the veterinarian. If you have a regular vet that knows your pet’s history, temperament, and other details, he or she will be able to give you personalized advice on how to get prepared for local or long-distance moves.

While moving can be hard on most pets, those with nervous dispositions, health issues, or other problems could prove to be extremely sensitive to the moving experience. Your vet will offer instructions on how to keep them as calm and relaxed as possible, and how to best acclimate them to the new environment. If necessary, your vet can also offer advice on sedatives or other tranquilizers that will make moving easier on them and on you.

Secondly, your vet will be able to provide you with the necessary certificates that you need to move them long distance if that’s the case. The laws for relocating animals into different states and countries vary, and your vet should know which ones you’ll need to safely cross borders or board airplanes with your pets safely on board.

Next, your vet will also be able to refill any prescriptions that your pet needs and also update vaccinations. This is important to remember: it can be stressful for a prescription to expire when you are in a new town.

Prepare for Moving Day

Once you have the appropriate certificates, medication, and advice from your animal’s veterinarian, you should be ready to roll into action on moving day. With a lot of activity and movement going on in the days leading up to the move, it can be a stressful time for your animals, and you’re not likely to have much time to dedicate to them. If you have larger pets like dogs, it can be a great idea to keep them in the yard outside while the moving company is indoors, and to give them something to distract them from the chaos happening inside—like a toy, a bone, or another kind of treat.

Animals like dogs, cats, and birds should be kept in their moving containers to prevent them from getting lost during the moving process. If your animals are not used to being in crates, you can make the process easier by familiarizing your pets with those containers in the weeks before your move. Placing their favorite toys or blankets in the containers to get them comfortable with the space, and make sure they have access to food and water, too.

Put together the equipment you will need in a separate box or bag, too. This includes your pet’s favorite foods, treats, water, medication, and a first aid kit. This should be easily reachable so that you can use its contents at a moment’s notice.

If you are working with a full service moving company, you can also discuss the specifics and logistics with them on the day to ensure that everyone is aware of any particular requirements that your pets have. A reputable, reliable moving company like Blue Chip Moving & Storage will offer specialized moving services for pets that will help you strategize a more relaxing and stress-free process for your pet.

Introduce Your Pet to Your New Home

Pets are typically creatures of habit, and it might take some time to get them adjusted and feeling comfortable in their new environment. To help them adjust, try to replicate the arrangement of their old setup—perhaps positioning their bedding, bowls, and other items as closely as possible to how they were arranged in your old home. This will help your pets to orient themselves and give them a sense of familiarity in a completely different environment.

Also, try to keep your pets on their old schedule as much as possible. This gives them a constant that they can rely on and it will ease any anxiety they may have if they know they can rely on regular walks, meals, and any other routines that they already know and love.

Contact the Hawthorne Moving Experts!

To learn more about moving with pets or for more helpful tips on making the process easier for the entire family, don’t hesitate to contact us at Blue Chip Moving & Storage. With our friendly and professional staff and top-rated, affordable services, our moving company has what it takes to make any relocation a smooth and successful experience.

For more information, give us a call to speak to a representative or fill out our online form for a free, no-obligation pricing estimate.

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