Moving tips for our furry family members

You aren’t the only person feeling a little stressed out about the upcoming move. Your furry family companion also knows what’s going on, and they are likely feeling the nerves as well.

Whether it’s pre-moving considerations or what to do on arrival day, keeping your family pet as calm as possible is good for everyone. Here’s what you need to know.

Pre-Move Prep
Before you hit the road with your dog or cat, consider the rules and regulations of the state or province you are moving to. Whether it’s leash laws or other local pet-related ordinances, it’s important to become familiar with your new home’s pet laws before you arrive.

Car Travel
Part of the big move involves traveling with your pet. Make sure you have a plan in place on how to restrain your pet once you’ve hit the road. The last thing you want is for your unrestrained pet to panic and jump out of the window while your car is in motion. Consider pet barriers, pet seat belts, or even a pet travel crate.

Prepping the Home
Once you’ve packed up your pet and hit the road, it’s important to prep your new home for your pet’s arrival. Pets love familiar surroundings, so why not transfer a few pet toys or perhaps their pet bed ahead of time? Once your pet arrives, it will become easier for them to acclimate if some of their “belongings” are already there.

The fact is, your pet is part of the family, so there’s no harm in making these types of considerations for them as you move into your new house!