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Moving with Pets: Top Tips

posted: 27/03/2017


Top Tips

  1. Before moving prepare an easily-accessible box containing an adequate amount of food, litter, toys and grooming tools to sustain your pet comfortably during the first couple of days after moving.
  2. If you’re moving out of the area you need to inform your vet and get copies of your pets’ medical records, prescriptions and medications to take with you. Your vet is also the most likely person whom will be able to recommend an alternative vet to you.
  3. The days when you are actually moving are the days that your pets are at the highest risk of getting stressed. Because of this it is advisable to book them into kennels and catteries or to ask a neighbour, friend or relative to watch them for you. If none of these things are possible, keep your pets in the quietest areas/rooms possible, while checking on them regularly and ensuring that they are calm and happy.
  4. You should take your pet to your new house in your own car if possible, talking to them throughout the journey and making sure that they are in the appropriate carriers.  If while travelling, you discover that your pets are not settling you should try to cover their carriers with a blanket or cover.
  5. When moving house it is not uncommon for pets to get lost. Therefore, when you take your pet’s carrier out of your car, you should not let them out until you’re in your new house and you have shut all of the doors behind you. Like people, pets take time to adjust to new environments, so remember to bare this in mind. If you are unsure regarding how long you should keep your cats in for after moving, talk with your vet.
  6. It is important that you move all of your belongings to your new house before your move your pets. Where possible you should try and keep your new house similar to your old house, even if this is simply by keeping your pets old beds, food bowls and toys.
  7. After moving, if your dogs are already in routines, you should continue these, walking them at the same times and such.
  8. Just after moving you should ensure that you update your pets name tag and microchip information with the new details so that if your pets do get lost, you are more likely to find them.


These are only some of the tips too, if you require further advice and guidance regarding moving with pets, we would recommend speaking to your veterinary practitioner.


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