Moving can be a stressful experience for everyone involved – especially when there are pets in the picture! But don’t worry; there are steps that you can take before, during and after the move to ensure that your pet is safe and comfortable throughout the entire process.
Read our more specific guides for moving with pets:
Moving with your cat
Moving with your dog
Moving with your reptiles
For pet owners, the process can be even more challenging as they must factor in the needs and safety of their companions during the transition. Fortunately, with the right preparation and planning, you can make sure that your pet is comfortable throughout the move and has all the resources it needs for a successful transition to its new home.
Pre-Move Pet Planning
Before moving with a pet, there are several considerations to take into account their new environment and location. For example, if you’re moving to an apartment or a smaller space, it may not be for a large, energetic dog. Additionally, make sure that all of your pet’s vaccinations are up to date and obtain any necessary travel documents or certificates (if required), especially when moving to a different country.
It is also important to research pet-friendly moving companies and lodging. If it is easier to move your pet separately, ask a friend or family member to help care for your pet during the move. Then you can move your pet during a less stressful time.
During the Move
When it comes to moving day, there are several steps that you can take to keep your pet safe. Make sure that they are wearing proper identification tags at all times and keep them in a secure area away from the movers. Even with a well-planned move, the day might be hectic and the last thing you need is for your best friend to end up at the vets.
Additionally, plan frequent stops along the route for potty breaks and exercise – this will help your pet stay comfortable and relaxed during the journey. Depending on the size of your pet, you’ll also want to choose an appropriate method of securing your pet such as:
- A travel crate
- A car seat with a safety belt
- A tether
- A guard/barrier
Securing your pets in your car is a legal requirement when travelling with your animal in the UK. So, find a suitable way to secure your pet to protect you or your companion in the unfortunate case of an accident.
Post-Move Pet Care
Once you’ve arrived at your new home, several steps should be taken to keep your pet safe in a new, unfamiliar environment. Make sure to check the area for any potential hazards such as poisonous plants or insects and secure any items that could pose a danger (i.e. power cords, electrical cords etc). It is also important to give your pet time to adjust to the new environment before introducing it to other animals or people in the area.
Furthermore, it is a good idea to find some help in your area to look after your pet if needed. Take the time to locate a:
Also search your local area for nearby pet shops, parks, dog runs or other pet-friendly areas.
Moving with a pet can be stressful, but by following the steps outlined in this article, you can make sure your pet is safe and comfortable during and after the move. Taking the time to plan ahead and properly prepare will help make the transition much smoother. With the right preparation and planning, you can ensure that your pet is comfortable throughout the move and has all the resources it needs for a successful transition to its new home.
Move with confidence and ease with Brycelands Removal Company. Our experienced team of professionals will ensure that your pet is safe and comfortable during its transition to the new home. Contact us today for a free consultation or download our moving house checklist and find out how we can make your move easier.