When a move is on the horizon, thinking ahead about how to move your pets can be a lifesaver. Here are our top tips for moving your pets safely and with minimal stress.
Prioritize Pet Protection
You’ll inherently be out of your normal routine during a move—and your pets will be too. Unfortunately, this means that there might be more opportunities than usual for your pets to get lost or injured.
With a little forethought, you can put some safeguards in place to protect your pets as much as possible. If you’re getting ready to move, consider:
- Microchipping your pets
- Outfitting pets with collars and tags
- Investing in safe transportation carriers or restraints
- Making sure your pets are current on all vaccinations
- Getting up-to-date copies of all medical records from your vet
Doing these things ahead of time can help prevent dangerous situations. And, even if the worst happens, you’ll have tools in place to handle it.
Prep Your Pets Early
Before you get to the actual moving process, there are lots of ways to familiarize your pets with what’s going to happen. This will help keep pets’ stress levels down, making for a smoother move all around.
You’ll want to introduce elements of the moving process to your pets gradually so that they’re not overwhelmed. This might include:
- Getting your pet familiar with a carrier or crate
- Bringing boxes or other moving materials in early so pets can get used to those smells and sights
- Gradually packing up versus packing all at once
Easing your pets into the moving experience will take a little work and pre-planning, but it pays off! Helping your pets stay calm even during a major transition is beneficial for them and for you.
Give Your Pet Time
When you arrive at your new home, it may be tempting to let your pets loose so they can fully explore. While this sounds good in theory, it can be overwhelming to animals. This can cause stress and poor behavior that can actually make it harder for your pets (and you) to settle in.
Instead, introduce your pets to the new space a little bit at a time. Start with one room and make sure that familiar items like toys, beds, and play structures are accessible so that they have a sense of “home” even in the new digs.
Over time, you can bring pets into other rooms. Before you know it, they’ll be running around like they own the place!
If you have a move coming up and need a moving company in Burlington or the surrounding area, call Chase Moving and Storage today! We have been in business for over 100 years and we’re proud to be a local, family-owned company serving the Burlington region. We offer a full range of moving and storage services. Whether you’re moving across town or across the country, we’re here for you. Chase Moving and Storage—THE MOST TRUSTED MOVERS SINCE 1908.