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Relocating can be a stressful time for everyone, including the family pet. Tips for moving with your petWith preparation, planning and affection, you can help your pet through the process and happily adjust to a new home. These tips are primarily for dogs, but many can apply to other family pets.

Plan ahead

  • Purchase a pet ID tag with your new address and telephone number and put them on right before the move. If your dog gets lost during the move, you can be located. 
  • Consider a pet microchip. Already chipped? Update the company’s records.
  • Find a veterinarian at your new location. If your pet gets ill, you’ll be prepared.
  • Select a pet transport company that specializes in pet transfers. Crown can provide recommendations.

Prepare your pet

  • Maintain a normal routine and stay on the same feeding and walking schedule before and after the move.
  • Help nervous pets become more at ease. Prior to the move, put moving boxes inside in plain sight; move them around so the sound becomes familiar.
  • A few weeks before the move, gradually re-familiarize them to their carrier/crate by putting it in the open with a couple of their toys inside, then put in a treat a day or so later and eventually place their meals inside the open carrier. Soon they’ll eat their meals in the carrier with the door shut. Small pets can be carried around in the carrier or taken for a short drive. Reward your pet with treats and playtime afterward.

On moving day

  • Either leave your pet with a friend, sitter or boarding facility, or keep them in a quiet room with soft music playing and the door shut.  Bring in their favorite blanket and toys and fresh water and put a sign on the door so your pet isn’t accidentally let out.
  • Some movers prefer to not have pets around during packing due to liability reasons, so check with them beforehand.

Settling in to your new place

  • Everything will be new to your pet so gradually introduce him to each room, talking softly with him. Initially, your pet will want to stay close to the family. Don’t close them away in a room by themselves; this can cause an anxious pet.
  • Place bed, toys, food and water in similar spots at your new home as in your previous home. If the food dishes were by the kitchen door before, place them there in your new home.
  • If your new home has steps but your previous home didn’t, help your pet learn by putting the leash on your pet and gently guiding him one step at a time. Reward your pet with plenty of praise. Your pet will gain confidence on the steps and will love his new home.

The animal-loving experts in our Dallas office are happy to assist with your—and your pet’s—relocation.

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