| Jan 21, 2015
Among all the things that are the most difficult to move, living things can be the very hardest. It’s important to keep in mind during your move that the process can be just as, if not more stressful for your pet. The hectic activity, combined with the lack of attention a pet receives, can make for a very confusing and negative time.
Luckily, this can also be a good time to bond with your pet, benefiting mutually from a sense of companionship and comradery during one of the most stressful processes of your life. With the right preparation, you and your pet can come out of the move with a sense of exploration and renewed optimism.
This guide of pet essentials will aim to provide a summary of important supplies and preparations needed to make the moving process as seamless as possible for both you and your pet.
Talk to your Vet
This simple reminder can often get swept under the rug during the bustle of handling one hundred different moving responsibilities. Before your moving day approaches, it is a very good idea to consult with your pet’s doctor and review any and all facets that come with transitioning your pet into a new town (and with all likelihood, a new care center.) This will be especially important for any pets that may have preexisting conditions, need for vaccinations, or similar special concerns.
Additionally, it can be a good idea to ask your vet about the possibility of a pet sedative for an exceptionally long trip, a new form of travel, etc. Pets that don’t travel well can find moving cross-country extremely difficult, for obvious reasons. Be sure to pick up any needed records of vaccinations and procedures as well.
One way or another, your pet will be doing a lot of moving! One of your top priorities should be to make sure that your pet has the proper accommodations needed for travel. For dogs and cats, you’ll want to ensure you’ve invested in a quality metal crate or pet carrier, respectively.
In addition, your pet will benefit greatly from a comfort set within their crate/carrier—this generally includes a mattress, bumper pads, and a form of cover. Basic creature comforts will go a very long way in keeping your pet feeling secure while out of their element.
Be sure to create a “doggy bag” of all the pet essentials on the day of your move. Your pet needs to stay hydrated on their trip, so a crate waterer or similar water dispenser will be needed for the interior of their transport container. Set aside measured portions of food for your pet’s meals, along with treats to keep their spirits up throughout the move.
Cleanup supplies, such as disinfectant wipes or pee pads are also a good idea in the event of accidents. Also, be sure to keep your leash and harness/collar on-hand both before and after your move!