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Things to Keep in Mind When Moving with Pets

As a pet owner, when deciding to move, it also means your pets will be moving with you. But have you put much thought into what they will need to get through the move and adjust to their new environment? Local Sarasota movers know that moving with pets involves much more than simply picking up their food and toys and relocating them. Fortunately, your Sarasota movers have provided a checklist to make sure you and your pet are all set for your upcoming move.

1. At the top of our list and possibly the most important, is to ensure that you have packed an “overnight” bag for your pet. Moving can be hectic and the last thing you want to do is finish moving all your things into your new home and then have to scour each box to find the one with all your pet’s food, toys and other items. Make sure your overnight bag has all the things that you will need for your pet over a few days’ time. This will give you ample time to unpack your items at your own pace and keep your pet happy.

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Before moving, advise your vet of your upcoming move. Sarasota movers advise you to find a new veterinarian preemptively in case there are any emergencies. If you are moving locally and will continue to visit the same vet, then you can skip this step!

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Moving with pets also means helping them through the transition. To make sure your pet stays relaxed and keep their stress levels low, try to place them in the quietest area possible. There will be a lot of commotion in your home on the day of the move. If your pet tends to run outside a lot, then you will need to keep them behind a closed door to keep them from getting lost. The best way to ensure your pet is safe during moving day is to find someone to pet sit for you.

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Transporting your pet to their new home will be a drastic change for your pet. To minimize the chance of your pet becoming lost, the Sarasota movers suggest taking extra precautions when they are outside. It will typically take a few days for your pet to adjust to its new environment.

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To further help your pets adjust to their new surroundings, try to set up as much of your new home as possible. Introduce your pets to familiar toys and belongings. The familiarity will help them associate a sense of home and comfort with their new surroundings. Pets, much like humans, can feel stress and a change of scenery can certainly heighten their stress level. Comfort your pets and let them know, that their new home is a comfortable and safe place to be. They should adjust within a few days.

Moving with pets is often overlooked and underestimated. For your next move, make sure your pets are just as prepared as you are!