One of the most important aspects of moving is preparing everyone in your family for a smooth transition that’s as stress-free as possible! For your four-legged family members, however, preparing for a move will look a little different than it does for the humans. At Friendly Movers, our team is here to help you move long distances with ease, which is why we’ve gathered some tips on preparing your pets for a long-distance move.
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How to Prepare Your Pets For a Long-Distance Move
Make a Transport Plan
One of the most important things to do when you’re preparing for a long-distance move is to plan out how you’re getting to your new home, but with a pet or pets, transportation may look a little different. If you have a cat or small dog, you will likely be able to bring them on planes, if you’re planning to fly, but for multiple cats and larger dogs, your best bet is to drive so everyone is comfortable and safe.
Discuss Needs With Your Vet
Of course, it’s important to discuss any special requirements or needs your pet may have with your vet while you’re in the process of moving. Whether you have an older dog that needs medication or you have an anxious cat that would benefit from sedatives while on the road, your vet will help you come up with a plan to keep your pet healthy and as happy as possible throughout the process.
Pack Pet Moving Supplies Separately
When you’re on the road, it’s important to have access to as many necessary supplies as possible for your pet so you can meet their needs as they arise. Set aside a travel bag or kit for your pet while you’re packing to ensure that everything they might need while you’re en route to your new home is within reach and easily accessible. This can also help to lower your stress levels, too, because you’re prepared for anything!
Plan for Decompression Time
Moving can be especially difficult for pets who don’t understand why they’re in a new location. To help them adjust to the new space, plan out decompression time in a specific room or space in your new home where your pets can rest after their journey and can begin to get their bearings. This will help minimize stress as they settle in!