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Tips for a Successful Cross-Country Move with Your Pet

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Interstate Moving Professionals

Posted On : Jul 13, 2015

It has been said that along with job and relationship changes, moving is one of the most stressful events that people will experience in their lifetimes. Animals might never need to worry about career stress, but one thing they share with humans is the stress of moving to a new home. Consider how much smaller a dog or a cat’s world is compared to a person’s. Even if you take your pet on fun camping trips and long walks, they still have a relatively small amount of space where they feel comfortable. Moving to a new home down the street would be stressful enough, but moving across the country presents even more challenges to your pet. However, there are a few things you can do to make the trip go as smoothly as possible.

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  1. Help them adjust to changes during packing. The first major change your pet will notice be the packing up of the home. Moving things from familiar places into boxes is likely to cause some anxiety. Keep your pets in a room while you are packing and plan to pack the contents of that room last. On moving day, find a quiet room that you can keep closed off with some of your pet’s favorite toys. If you’re using a crate or cat carrier to transport your pets, it might be a good idea to keep it in there with them to get used to.
  2. Get them ready for the road trip. Begin preparing your pets for the car trip by getting them used to their crates in the days and weeks leading up to the move. Start feeding them their meals in the crates. You can also prepare them by placing them in the carrier and going for short drives to get them used to being in the crate in the car.
  3. Stay safe on the road. Be sure to look into restraint solutions for your pet. For smaller dogs, you can look into dog seat belts and restraints. For larger dogs, if you have an SUV or a crossover, consider installing a dog barrier between the back seats and the cargo area. This will keep your pet safe and secure during rest stops and refueling stops. Research pet-friendly hotels before you hit the road so you know where you and Fido will be welcome.
  4. Getting used to the new home. When you get to your new home, give your pet a chance to explore each room one at a time. This will give your pets a chance to explore without being overwhelmed. Just like when moving out, set up a room with their toys, water, and food where they can stay when you move in.
  5. Find a new vet. It’s best to research local veterinarians ahead of time so you have a few to choose from. This is also a great time to get up to speed on local vaccination and licensing regulations.
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