Tips to Keep Your Pets Safe & Comfortable During a Move

Things To Consider When Moving With a Pet In Arizona

Moving is a big transition for every member of your family, including your pets. To reduce stress and prevent illness in your pet, you’ll want to take special care before, during, and after the moving process. Check out these tips from your Phoenix moving company on how to keep your pets safe and comfortable during your move.

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Preparing To Move With Your Pets

A lot of planning goes into having a smooth move with your pet. Not only will you need to pack up your pet’s things in addition to your own, but you’ll also need to work with your pet to prepare for the move and transfer their records to a new veterinarian. Start preparations early and give yourself plenty of time to work out the details. If you are selling your home before your move, you’ll want to develop a plan to keep them relaxed and ideally out of the house during open houses and showings.

Packing Your Pet’s Belongings

You’ll need at least two boxes to pack everything that belongs to your pet: one essential box that you’ll keep accessible throughout the move, and one box for everything else that can be handled by Glendale local movers. Plastic totes are ideal for their durability and to protect everything from moisture. The essentials box should include everything your pet will need during the move and your first overnight, or in case of emergency, including:

  • ID tags
  • Food and water dishes
  • A few days’ worth of food
  • Treats
  • Kitty litter and scoop, if applicable
  • Harness or leash
  • Trash bags in case of waste
  • A blanket or towel
  • Toys
  • Any medications or supplements that your pet needs

Transferring To a New Veterinarian

One of the most important things to do when moving is to make sure that your pet has the care of a good veterinarian. Depending on how far you’re moving, you may need to switch to a new vet office, which you’ll want to do in advance of the move. Ask your current vet for a recommendation in your new area and discuss how to reduce your pet’s stress during the moving process. Find out how to transfer your pet’s records to the new vet office and set up an initial visit at the new clinic so you can get your pet’s care established.

Moving Your Pet To Your New Home

Moving day itself can be a challenge. It’s usually the most stressful part of every move. Your pet will probably pick up on your energy, so do your best to remain calm and collected, which will go a long way toward helping your pet keep the same attitude.

How to travel with your pet will depend on whether you are moving locally or whether Tempe long distance movers are helping you get to a farther away destination. You’ll need to consider your pet’s size, age, temperament, and medical conditions. As you plan your moving day and prepare for your first night in your new home, be sure to consider when your pet will get exercise, playtime, time to eat, and reassurance from you. In Arizona’s climate, it’s especially important to prevent heatstroke and consider how you will keep your pet cool and comfortable. Be sure to have fresh water available to your pet at all times. Sometimes, asking a trusted friend or family member to care for your pet on moving day until you are set up in your new home is the best option.

Traveling With Pets

Usually, driving in a vehicle is the preferred method of transporting your pet to their new home. Fit your pet’s carrier into your vehicle before loading anything else, and don’t forget your essentials box.

If you are flying to your new destination, your pet may experience more stress. A lot of planning will be required to make sure the airline policies are met. Acclimate your pet to its crate in advance and be sure that any crate you purchase meets the airline’s requirements.

Helping Your Pet Settle In

Once you’ve made it to your new home with the help of a Houston affordable moving company, the hardest part is out of the way! Your pet will likely need time to adjust to the new surroundings, smells, and sounds. Maintaining your pet’s normal routine will help reduce anxiety and stress that can happen as your pet adapts. Take lots of long walks around your neighborhood to keep your pet active and free of nervous energy.

For feline friends, a good strategy is to keep your cat in one room of the house with their litter box, bed, water, and toys so they can get comfortable before they check out the rest of the house. Choose a room with a window and visit regularly. Deep cleaning will reduce the scent from previous cats that can cause anxiety and discomfort.

Quality Moving Services in Phoenix

Whether you are moving locally or long distance, Leo’s Moving is ready to provide a full range of moving services. Let us do the heavy lifting and save you stress so you can spend the big day focusing on your family and pets! Check out our 5 star reviews and call us to schedule your estimate.


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