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Prepping Your Pet for a Move to Summerville

Cats Exploring Moving Day BoxesFor you and your pet, moving to Summerville may be both exciting and stressful. That is why it is critical to assist your pet in preparing for the relocation; doing as much as you can in advance. Even a short distance transfer can disturb your pet’s routine and sense of security, and large changes can be especially taxing on your furry family member. To make your pet’s transition as easy as possible, here are some recommendations for getting them ready for the big day.

Plan Ahead

It’s best to start preparing for a move with a pet as soon as possible. To ensure a successful transition, you’ll need to plan ahead and attend to a few critical aspects. For example, double-check your pet’s license, tags, and microchip information. It’s also a good idea to make an appointment with your veterinarian to ensure that your pet is healthy and that you have all of their medicine. However, avoid scheduling appointments too soon to the relocation, particularly if your pet dislikes the vet’s office.

Stick to Routines

Animals are routine-loving creatures. Moving, especially the weeks leading up to and following it, can be extremely stressful for pets. Keep your typical routine in mind as you begin to pack for your relocation. This is especially true for dogs, who, if ignored, may develop anxiety or become destructive. Continue to take your walks and offer them meals at the same time every day as much as possible, and make time for play as well.

Introduce Their Crate Early

If your pet must spend time in a box or kennel as part of your move, this can be very unpleasant, especially if they don’t normally sleep in one. One of the greatest methods to get your pet ready for the transfer is to introduce the crate weeks in advance and have them associate it with good things. For instance, encourage them to investigate the crate and then reward them with sweets if they do. This will assist in preventing your pet from becoming unusually fearful on the big day.

Include Comfort Items

Pets yearn for the familiar scents and sounds of their owners’ homes. You can bring those sensory toys with you and keep them with your pet to help them stay calm during a move. Keep your pet’s favorite blanket or pet bed with them throughout the move. In stressful situations, a beloved toy or even a piece of your clothes can provide comfort to a pet. Also, separate your pet’s food, treats, and water and keep them with you before, during, and after the transfer.

Create a Safe Space

When the big day approaches, you might want to consider reserving a special area for your pet. Because pets frequently grow anxious and may flee during relocations, it is preferable to put them in a quiet room or enclosed yard. You might also consider asking a friend or family member to look after your pet throughout the move to alleviate the stress and chaos for them. You may help control your pet’s stress while also keeping them out from underfoot by providing a safe place for them to reside throughout the relocation.


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