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Helping Your Pet Through Your Move

Moving can be a very stressful time for both you and your pet. Your days will be filled with packing, preparing to transition from one location to another, and all of the paperwork that comes from closing up one house while opening another one. You’ll find that pets are vulnerable to moving stress as much as you are. However, there are some steps which Raleigh Movers have learned over the years that you can take which will make the ordeal a little bit easier for your pets.

Before you begin moving, there are some important items of business that you should take care of. The new community that you are moving into may have different pet regulations than the community that you live in now. It is a good idea to contact the county or city government where your new home is located and gather all of permits, paperwork, or other information that you’ll need. Schedule a visit with your current veterinarian to be sure that your pet’s health is in order and to get a copy of all veterinary records to take with you. Have your pet’s ID tags updated to reflect both your current address and the address that you are moving to. Include a cell phone number so that you can be reached at any time if your pet becomes lost.

The day that you enlist Raleigh Movers or friends and family to pack the truck and help you ship out, your pet will be safest in a secluded place, removed from the commotion. You may want to send your pet to a pet carrier if they are familiar and comfortable with it. Another solution is to set a special room aside for your pets which you can keep closed during the moving process. Pets may feel a lot of anxiety on the actual day of moving, the better prepared you are for this day, the safer and calmer your pet will feel.

Federal regulations prevent moving companies from transporting pets. Your best choice will be to transport your pets in your own car. You can be prepared with a first aid kit, water, blankets, and their favorite toys. The best and safest choice for pets is to travel with them in their travel carrier or in a harness. Make sure that your pet has access to water and try to stick to your normal feeding schedule as much as possible. During long trips, be sure to provide your pet with exercise as needed and never leave your pets unattended in a parked car.

When you reach your new home, help soothe your pet by providing their favorite toys and other belongings. Show your pet where their food and water dishes are. Keep these belongings in a place where your pet can easily find them. It is a good idea to keep the doors and windows of your new home closed when you aren’t with your pet. Many pets will try to find their way back to your old home if they can. Spending consistent time with your pets can go a long way towards reducing their anxiety.

It is important that you find a new veterinarian as soon as possible. A local vet will be able to warn you about any area concerns or regulations that may affect you.