Moving is an exciting yet daunting task. When you have pets, making the transition can be even more challenging. While you’re worried about packing boxes and changing utilities from one abode to another, remember to make preparations for the family dog. Your furry family member won’t understand what is going on. They will be anxious or even afraid when they see boxes and things being moved out of the house. If you’re concerned about your dog’s safety while you’re undertaking this monumental task, here are a few things to consider.
Have Them Microchipped
A dog’s nature is to wander until they find their home. They have a keen sense of smell that directs them. Since they haven’t yet established any connection with the new place, they will long to return to your previous house. One of the benefits of microchipping a dog is that if they should escape from the new home, they can easily be relocated through the chip. These little devices are very inexpensive and can help you to find your furry friend should you become separated during the move or afterward. Remember, dogs are disinclined to leave a home they find familiar, and many of them tend to run away during a move.
Prepare Your Pup
It’s not uncommon that a dog will have a hard time relocating from one home to another. For them. It’s a traumatic experience. They like recognizable spaces. On the Move says that having your dog feel comfortable and familiar with a dog carrier gives your pet their own space where they can feel secure, which helps them transition when moving. If you don’t already use a carrier, it’s advisable to get one a couple of months before you move. You can easily encourage your dog to sleep in it long before the big day. When that day arrives, they’ll appreciate the security of a familiar space during all the upheaval.
Get the Vet Involved
When you’re moving a long distance, you may need to seek some help from your vet. If your dog doesn’t do well on long trips, a vet can provide something to help calm them. In addition, you’ll need your dog’s medical records to take to your new town. It may be beneficial to investigate vets in the new area should you have an issue and need immediate help with your dog. In order to avoid unnecessary trips to the vet, Home Again recommends pet proofing the house before taking the pet inside.
Moving is a big adventure, but when you add pets to the mix, it can seem almost overwhelming. However, by taking a few precautions and making your pet feel secure in the new surroundings, you can make sure the move goes off without a hitch.
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