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    PREP YOUR PETS FOR THE BIG MOVE

    Your moving day is set and it’s time to start preparing.

    Moving can be a stressful time for us and it’s easy to forget about our fury or feathered friends.  Here are some tips for making sure the process goes smoothly.

    Medical records.

    When moving to a different city or state, one of the main things you need to take into consideration is finding a new veterinarian that is the right fit for you and your pet. If you have family or friends in the area ask for recommendations or do your own research by reading reviews and news articles. Once you find one, contact your current vet to initiate a transfer of medical records. Then schedule a “get to know you” appointment shortly after your move.

    Transportation.

    Whether it’s a short drive or a long plane ride, you pet will likely need to be put into a carrier. For most pets, this is a foreign concept and they require time to get comfortable with it. Start acclimating your pet as early as possible and use comfort items like treats and favorite toys and blankets to make the experience a positive one for your pet.

    Acclimation.

    If feasible, try and bring the pet to the new neighborhood a few times before moving so they get familiar with the scents.  Pad your moving schedule with ample time to get your dog or cat acclimated to their new home. Be sure to sure to have their favorite toy, blanket, or bed there so it’s more comforting.  While the movers are still hard at work, keep them safely away from foot traffic to reduce stress. Once they’ve left, make sure to clear anything that could be dangerous and block off areas as necessary then let them free to get a lay of the land on their own.

    When you leave your pets home alone for the first time in the new house leave behind an article of clothing that has your scent on it so they feel comforted.

    Pets can sometimes take a little extra time to acclimate to a new environment but if you take a few extra steps to help make it less stressful the transition can be a happy and healthy one!