Moving With Pets
Making Your Move Less Stressful For Your Pets
With the average American moving every 4-7 years and the average lifespan of a pet 10- 20 years, it’s highly likely during your pet’s lifetime you will move or relocate. Like other members of your family, they get as stressed out as we do when moving. In fact in many instances they may be more susceptible to stress as their home is generally their habitat both day and night. If you have ever traveled with your pet, you already know pets are very sensitive to a change in their habitat. Pets can also become very frightened when faced with unfamiliar surroundings or situations. With careful organization and planning, the move process can be made easier and less stressful for both you and your pet. This article provides tips and advice to help you and your pet through this stressful process.
General Moving Tips
Contact the State Department of Animal Husbandry or state veterinarian for laws/regulations on the entry of animals if you’re transporting your pet across state lines. Check with the state you will be moving to see if your pet is required to have up-to-date rabies vaccinations before you cross state lines.
Request a copy of your pet’s medical records and maintain a copy for the new vet. Be sure you take a copy of the health certificate along with rabies vaccination documentation when relocating to Chambersburg, Shippensburg, Waynesboro or Greencastle areas. Also, make sure your pet’s shots are up to date.
Pay close attention to your pet during the move. The stress they endure may cause your pet to become irritable or possibly run off. If possible, we recommend you consider boarding your pet during the most hectic days of your move. If they do escape their kennel, make certain your pet is wearing proper identification and any required rabies license tags. If your pet has an identification chip implant, remember to update your contact information on the chip to the address of your new home.
After the move, give your pet time to adjust to their new home and surroundings. Refrain from allowing them to roam freely until they learn where "home" is. Check on local leash laws before you allow any pet to roam freely. When practical, take your dog for short walks to get acquainted with its new home and neighborhood. Introduce your dog to people who may come in contact with your animal on a regular basis. Regular visitors to your home might include the mail carrier, paper delivery person and other service providers who will come to your home on a regular basis.
Introduce your cat to its new home room by room. For the first few days after your move, restrict the movement of your cat to one room. Be sure you surround it with familiar objects like their feeding and water bowls, toys, bed or blanket, and litter box. Of course, place their litter box away from all feeding bowls. Gradually introduce it to other rooms. As your cat becomes familiar with its new surroundings, gradually move the feeding dishes and litter box to their permanent locations.
We Love Pets Too!
Here at the Lane Thrush Team, like you we love our pets too. From time to time, our clients ask us “do you have any advice how to make moving with our pets easier on them and our family?” If you have a question related to moving with pets, just click or call us direct at (717) 504-8002 and we will answer any question you might have.
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