Moving with Pets: 13 Tips for a Successful Transition
Here at the Danny Hansen Team we all have a huge crush on Bobbi’s newly adopted beagle-cross named Merlin! Merlin brings a world of fun wherever he goes, including his little visits here to the office!
Merlin’s presence has raised the question:
How do we help our four legged friends make the transition from one home to another as seamlessly as possible? New smells, new rooms, new fence line, it’s all so much for them to take in, and we want the process to go as smoothly as possible for our clients (the four legged ones as well!).
With both pets and real estate on our minds we decided that we would source out some tips for moving with pets! We are the real estate experts, but when it comes to animal care we turned to the experts at the Airdrie Animal Health Centre to give us some helpful tips on moving with pets!
Here are 13 tips for moving with your pets!
1- Consider boarding pets during moving day if that is not too stressful for them, or leave them with a friend
2- Pheromones such as Adaptil or Feliway in the new home to reduce stress or anxiety and invite a calm state of mind
3- Packing their favourite toys and beds last and unpacking them first in the new house.
4- Give them lots of extra attention when in the new house
5- When the “dust has settled” let them roam the house on their own
6- Hide treats/toys around the new house to make a fun scavenger hunt
7- Have a room in the new house just for them for the first few days, consider making it look like their place they had in the last home
8- Show the cats the litterbox locations, don’t just expect that they will find them
9- If moving out of the area, ask your vet for recommendations for a new veterinarian
10- Update your new contact information with your microchip or tattoo company
11- Have new tags for their collars with your updated information
12- If possible, take your dog for frequent walks in the new area, this gets him used to the new surroundings, but also burns off nervous energy
13- Stay as close as possible to your regular routine with feeding and walking times
We believe that if you implement these tips, the transition will be smoother for both you and your four legged family member!
A huge thank you to the staff at the Airdrie Animal Health Centre for providing this fantastic list! Be sure to check them out online through this link: https://www.airdrievets.com/