Moving can be a stressful time for everyone, so imagine how anxious it can make your pet. Animals can be easily stressed in situations where there is unexpected change or activity in the home. Follow these helpful tips to ease your pet’s stress when you are preparing to move:
- When packing up your home, try to leave your pet’s belongings where they are for as long as possible and pack these items at the very last minute (beds, litter boxes, food bowls, toys, etc)
- Prepare your pet for transport by acclimating them to their crates (where appropriate) and the car. Keep the crate door open in the home and allow them to rest in it at their leisure or consider short car rides at increasing lengths a few weeks prior to moving
- Contact your veterinarian and discuss the potential use of medication for anxiety and stress relief, where appropriate
- Pet proof your new home by removing dangerous items that they can potentially pick up and eat, or by securing any hidden nooks or window screens that they can get stuck/loose in
- Try to mimic the set up of your pet’s space from the old house in the new house, including placement of litter boxes, beds, and food bowls
- When you arrive at the new home with your pet, allow them to adjust to one room at a time and ensure they have access to items that bring them comfort (ie: favourite toys or blankets)
When in doubt, lots of patience and tender loving care goes a long way! Use positive reinforcement to support and encourage your pet to create a positive association with their new space with the use of treats and affection.
Consider calling a professional pet transport service such as Toronto Animal Mobility Services for peace of mind! For more information or to schedule a pick up, call 416-449-7387.
Caitlyn A. is an RVT and a valued member of Toronto AMS.
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