Moving into a new home is both an exciting and stressful time. With the chaos of packing boxes and moving furniture, we must also remember that our pets, unlike us, do not understand what is going on around them. Since they do not understand why you have moved, it will take them a longer time to adjust to their new dwelling. They may react in several different ways such as running out the door, disappearing in the house, terrorizing the movers or destroying the carpet. Below are some tips to help make the move safe and smooth for both you and your pet.
- Take your dog on a tour of the new home. Let them smell and get used to the surroundings before making the move. This will help them feel more comfortable when you bring them there on moving day.
- Keep all of your everyday pet supplies easily accessible. Food bowls, toys, leashes, and blankets should all be kept in a box that is handy at all times.
- Do not wash your pet’s belongings before the move. Having that familiar smell will help the pet feel more comfortable in their new home.
- Keep your pets routine as normal as possible. Feeding times, walks, playtime, nap time should all be as consistent as they were in your old house. Pets are creatures of habit. If your work schedule is changing or if you are moving to a new time zone, slowly adjust the new schedule before moving so they have time to adjust.
- Before moving, make sure to request records from your veterinarian so you will have them handy for when you go to a new vet. Also change the address on your pets tags, microchip, and license just in case they do get out at the new house.
- You must also remember that after you move, your pets eating and elimination habits may change. They may refuse to eat, so entice them with their favorite foods until they begin to eat their normal food on a regular basis. They may also have one or two accidents during the first few weeks at the new house. Pets do not like change and may communicate this by eliminating on the carpet. If you have a cat, immediately show them where the litter box is by placing them in it. If the cat does not like the location of the litter box, place it where they are eliminating. If you have a dog, they may be confused about which door to go to to let you know they have to go out. To help with this, take them on frequent elimination walks. Take them to the same door and outside area every time. Patience, discipline, and positive reinforcement will help solve temporary house training issues.
If you have any questions regarding moving, please contact us Eagle Animal Hospital. We serve Chester Springs, Downingtown, Exton, Glenmoore and the surrounding area.
Written by Alyson Kelly, veterinary technician