If your family owns a pet, then it is one of the 85 million households that counts a furry friend among its ranks. From dogs to cats to small mammals, fish, and reptiles, pet ownership is more popular than ever. However, there are some instances that might put your pet in danger, and one of the most common is moving day. Open doors, strangers in the house, and owner distractions might cause them to get out and become lost. If you are ready to move, here are a few ways to keep your pet safe during the transition.
- Take Your Pet To the New Home First
Before you start loading the moving vans, have a family member take your pet to your new home. Let it explore with that trusted person before the movers arrive and then designate a safe place for your dog or cat to relax and be safe, such as in an enclosed and gated yard or in a roomy crate in a spare room where it will not have to experience the stress of doors opening and closing and constant foot traffic. Offer your pet toys or safe chewing snacks to keep it occupied while it is confined.
- Chip and Tag Your Pet
Just as you need to carry identification when you leave your home, so does your pet in case it gets lost or roams away from your house during a move. If your dog or cat is not microchipped, ask your vet if he or she can insert a scannable microchip before your move, as it is usually a quick and harmless process that can save your pet’s life if it is picked up by your city’s animal control service. Before you move, inspect your pet’s collar and tags to make sure they are in good shape and legible. Be certain your current phone number and new address are included.
- Hire a Pet Sitter
If you cannot give your pet the attention it needs on moving day, consider hiring a pet sitter for the day so you can ensure your furry buddy is safe with someone until you can settle into your new home. This can also help your pet adjust to its new living situation with less stress, especially if it is skittish, shy or does not deal well with change. Ask the sitter to take your pet to its favorite park or for a hike so it returns to you exercised and ready to see its new home.
- Let the Movers Know You Have a Pet
If you are using a moving service, let its employees know there is a pet in the house and what plans you have as far as transporting it to the new house. Some moving companies, such as White Glove Moving & Storage, may be able to give you a few safety tips for both short and long-distance moves and how to keep your pet comfortable. Remember to give the movers plenty of notice when it comes to needing their assistance with this issue.
Moving can be stressful, especially for your pet. However, when you know how to keep it safe, calm, and secure, the experience can be a positive one for you both.