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Moving with Pets: Minimizing Stress for You and Your Furry Friends

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Moving can be a stressful experience, not just for people but for our pets as well. At Positive Moves, we understand the unique challenges that come with moving with pets. Planning ahead and considering the needs of your furry friends can greatly reduce the stress involved for everyone. Here are eight essential tips to help ensure that your pets stay safe and calm before, during, and after your move.

1. Keep a Routine

Pets thrive on routine. Try to keep your pet's feeding, walking and playtimes as regular as possible as you prepare for the move. Consistency during this time of change can help keep your pet calm.

2. Visit the Vet

Before moving, make a visit to your veterinarian. Ensure that your pet is up-to-date on any necessary vaccinations, has a sufficient supply of medications and obtain health records to take with you. This is especially important if you’re moving out of the area and will be changing vets.

3. Create a Safe Space

During the packing and moving process, designate a quiet room or area as a safe space for your pet. This area should be away from the noise and activity where they can relax with their favorite toys, bedding and other familiar items.

4. Practice Crate Training

If your pet isn't used to being in a crate, begin crate training well in advance of your move. A crate is a safe way to transport your animal and can prevent them from getting stressed during the move. Ensure the crate is comfortable with familiar blankets or cushions.

5. Plan Your Stops

When planning a long-distance move, map out your route and book pet-friendly hotels if you need to stop overnight. Websites like BringFido can help you find accommodations that welcome pets, making the journey more comfortable for your companion.

6. Update ID Tags and Microchips

Update your pet's ID tag and microchip information to include your new address and phone number. This is crucial in case your pet escapes during the move.

7. Keep Pets Away on Moving Day

On the day of the move, it might be best to have your pets stay with a friend or at a kennel. This can prevent stress caused by seeing furniture being moved and strangers coming and going.

8. Help Your Pet Acclimate

Once you arrive at your new home, set up a similar safe space for your pet and maintain their regular routine as much as possible. Gradually introduce them to other areas of the house as they begin to adjust.

Moving with pets involves special considerations, but with careful planning and preparation, you can minimize stress for both you and your pets. At Positive Moves, we understand the complexities involved in moving with pets and are here to help make your transition as smooth as possible. Remember, taking extra steps to ensure your pet's comfort can make a big difference in their adjustment to a new home. Let us help you make your next move with your furry friends a positive one!

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