Moving can be a stressful time for everyone in the family, including the smallest members, our pets. Pets, like many people, don’t always adapt to change well.
You want to make sure that their moving experience is just as stress-free as your own. There are several steps you can take that will make moving with your four legged friend a good experience.
Make sure pets are fitted with collars and ID tags before your move. Micro-chipping is recommended as a back-up if the collar is lost. Be sure to update their tags and/or microchip information to your new home address and phone number. Unfortunately, a pet going missing during a move is not an uncommon story. In the event your pet gets lost, being proactive can increase the chances they get returned safely.
Visit the veterinarian a few weeks prior to moving and get any medications or vaccinations, if necessary. Ask if your vet if they can recommend a veterinarian in your new city. If you are travelling to a new province or country, find out if you have all of the proper paperwork and get a copy of your pet’s records.
On moving day, it is best if you can leave your pet with a neighbour or friend until it’s time to leave. If that is not possible, then remove them from all of the action by putting them in an empty room with their bed or travel kennel with some toys. Your pet will feel much more secure in a quiet space that is familiar. Check on them regularly and try to feed them and walk them at the time you usually would.
For long distance moves, whether from Calgary, Edmonton or elsewhere, plan out your trip beforehand and schedule regular stops at parks and rest areas so your pet can stretch their legs and take bathroom breaks. This will also help reduce their stress. If you are staying overnight, make reservations at pet friendly hotels. There are many hotels that accept pets across North America, check out bringfido.com for pet friendly hotels in Canada.
When travelling by car, transport cats, small dogs and other small pets in a secure, well ventilated pet carrier. Larger dogs can be moved in a larger kennel in the back seat of the car. Never move pets in an open truck bed, trunk of a car or moving trailer.
Air travel can be especially stressful for animals, but sometimes cannot be avoided if moving long distances. If you are moving internationally or across the country,we suggest using a pet relocations company. Ask your residential moving company if they can help in making the arrangements.
A good way to get your pet settled into the new home is to have familiar items such as their favourite toys, blanket and bed. Set up as much as you can before moving in the pet. You may want to confine cats to a section of the house or couple of rooms for the first few days. Dogs like to explore and get used to the new smells of the house. Take dogs out for a walk in the new neighbourhood; try to locate dog parks and trails before moving. Remember to give them plenty of attention. Soon the new house will feel like home to them too.
Matco Moving Solutions has years of experience moving families with pets in both international moves, as well as moves within the country. If you are at all worried about stressing out your furry friends during your move, trust Matco Moving Solutions to ease the process. Contact our office closet to you for more information on how to move with pets. We have locations in Calgary, Edmonton, Fort McMurray, the Northwest Territories and Yukon.