Tips for Moving with Pets
Moving can be a stressful time for everyone involved. There are a lot of changes that happen when you move, so make sure that you are making the transition as smooth as possible for your furry friends with these 5 tips!
1. Understand the Pet Policy
At Prairie Property Management we are happy to offer over 30 different properties that are pet friendly. Let your agent know before you sign your lease what type of pet you have and how many you will be bringing with you. Some properties have weight and breed restrictions and knowing these before you move will help to ensure a seamless transition into your new home.
2. Talk to your Vet
If you are making a long-distance move, it is important that you find a new vet clinic that is nearby your house or apartment. If you are unsure of what clinic might be close by, ask your leasing agent for help locating one. Before making the trip, have your pet’s medical records on hand so you can give these documents to your new vet. If you have a particularly anxious animal, talk to your current vet about some options to ease their anxiety during the move.
3. Keep Things Updated
Amongst all the hustle and bustle of a move, it is an easy time for a pet to escape or get lost. That is why it is important to keep dog and cat tags as up to date as possible with current addresses and phone numbers. That way if your pet is found, you can be reunited quickly. Another great option to discuss with your vet is microchipping, so you can be assured that your animal is linked to you if tags or collars fall off.
4. Keep Track of your Pet on Moving Day
As mentioned before, it is easy to lose your pets on moving day when people are coming in and out of your home. If possible, have a friend or family member look after your pet until you are done moving your belongings. Keeping a pet locked in a room may be stressful for them but if you must do this to ensure they don’t get out, make sure they have plenty of food and water and put a large sign on the door letting people know there is a pet inside.
5. Give Time to Adjust
When you arrive at your new home, make sure to give your pets time to adjust to their new space. Try to keep their routine as normal as possible to speed up this process. It is also important that you keep dogs and cats on a leash if they are going outside. An animal in a new area may become frightened and not be able to find its way home.