While moving home can be an exciting time, it can also be quite stressful and overwhelming. For pets, the many changes that come with moving to a new place can bring on bouts of anxiety, unease and, in some cases, illness. If you and your family are preparing for a move to a new home, there are some things you can do in the lead up, during and after the relocation to put your pet as ease.
A trip to the vet to make sure your pet is well and up to date with vaccinations is a good idea before you go. This also gives you a chance to ask for a copy of your pet’s medical records if you will be switching vets. Before the move, make sure you try and maintain the same routine with your pet as much as possible, from feeding times and walks to the attention you pay them. While packing, make sure you keep your pet confined in a safe area. You should pack their bedding and toys last to ensure they are comforted by their familiar things.
If you are travelling a long way to the new property, it may be worth asking your veterinarian about anti-nausea medications if you know your pet struggles with travel. If they are likely to get sick, avoid feeding your pet 12 hours before you leave. Make sure your pet is secure in the car during the journey and make pit stops for them to enjoy some water, stretch their legs and have a toilet break regularly.
It’s important to realise how overwhelming changes to routine, smells and surroundings are for your pet. Keeping this in mind, it may take a little while for your dog, cat or other pet to become comfortable in their new place. After the move, it’s important to remain patient and accept that some mishaps, whether that be toilet issues or minor behavioural changes, may be present in the beginning.
To minimise discomfort as much as possible, try and make the new space like their old place as much as possible. While it might be tempting to buy all new things and start fresh, give them their original bed and blankets. The smell will be familiar and comforting. Bring some water from the old place and use this for your pet in the first week, even different water can be noticeable and cause little tummy upsets.