MovingHow to Move With Pets

September 17, 20180

From real estate transactions to efficient methods of packing, at O’Malley Moving Services we know that moving can be more intricate than you think. However, it’s not just people who tend to bear the emotional brunt of moving; the act of moving can take a toll on household pets as well.

When it comes to domestic animals, the stress of moving can manifest in a variety of physical manners – from appetite loss to upset stomach. The following tips for moving with a pet will ease the transition for both O’Malley’s professionals and you.

Planning for Your Pet Transportation

In general, moving companies will not transport animals whether you’re moving to the next town or to another state. Therefore, you will need to make arrangements to ensure that your pet arrives safely at their new destination. For a local move with O’Malley, this shouldn’t be a problem. However, if you’re planning to travel by airplane or bus, then you’ll need to check with the carrier about its animal transport policy.

Following Your Pet’s Routine

Although pets are not nearly as intelligent as humans, they are nevertheless fairly intuitive creatures. Therefore, in the weeks leading up to your move, your pet is likely to take note of the fact that something doesn’t seem right. Furthermore, pets are able to pick up on the fact that their owners are stressed and react accordingly. To spare your pet the anxiety that has no doubt taken over your mind, do your best to follow their regular routine. If you would usually take your dog for a walk after dinner, then continue to do so; if you and your cat have a standing play date every morning before you head off to work, then don’t leave your precious pal stranded.

Setting Your Pet Supplies Aside

When you go about the process of boxing up your belongings for our professional movers to take, remember to put your pet supplies aside. This is so you have them on hand when you reach your new abode. This includes everything from food to medications to toys. If there is a separate box for your pet supplies that you do want packed up, label the box and request to have that box packed in last if needed. Our professionals at O’Malley will work with YOU to ensure an easy transition during your move.  

Getting Your Pet’s Veterinary Records

You’ll need to find a new veterinarian for your pet unless you’re moving locally. To make the transition easier, obtain a copy of your pet’s records before you head off to your new city of residence. You can also ask your current vet to recommend an associate in the area to which you’ll be moving. Along these lines, it’s a good idea to do a bit of research to see what your new neighborhood has to offer in terms of pet resources. You can also look online or try logging onto pet forums to get a sense of what’s available in the way of pet supply stores and services.

Finding a Safe Place for Your Pet

The day when our O’Malley movers arrive to load up your stuff is likely to be hectic. As such, you’ll be better off finding a safe place for your pet to stay while the actual move is in progress. If you’re not thrilled with the idea of a kennel, then ask a neighbor or friend to look in on your buddy until our movers have cleared out. Remember, our movers will probably end up leaving your front door open in an effort to load up the truck as quickly as possible. If you have your pet around at that time, you will run the risk of having him escape. Additionally, if you’re moving locally, then the movers are probably going to charge you by the hour. So if your pet is around at that time to distract them or get in the way, then it could end up costing you significantly.

Helping Your Pet Adjust to His New Home

Just as you will need some time to adjust to your new surroundings, so too will your pet. Pets go through their own adjustment period during the moving period. If you’re moving locally and can access your digs in advance, then try taking your pet to your soon-to-be home to help familiarize them with it. Even if you can’t get inside, they may come to recognize certain area scents. Additionally, prepare to keep a watchful eye on your pet as you settle into your new abode because accidents are common for pets in new environments.

There’s no question that managing a move can be difficult and time-consuming, but don’t neglect your pet during this particular time. At O’Malley Moving Services we want to make your next move to your new abode as easy and simple as possible. Although we don’t offer services for pets, we know pets are a major part of the family as well. By following these tips we’ve offered from years of moving experience with families that have pets, you can make the process smoother for yourself and your favorite little friend.

Article Summary

From sale-related logistics to efficient methods of packing, moving can be more intricate than you think. However, it’s not just people who tend to bear the emotional brunt of moving; moving can take a toll on household pets as well. Take these tips from our experienced moving professionals to ensure an easy move process – for both you and your pet.

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