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Here is an article regarding moving with your pets, compliments of Cindy Aldridge (thanks, Cindy)

Must-Know Tips for Moving With Your Pet

Making a big move with your pet can be challenging. Your pet might be confused when you start packing up their favorite blankets and stuffed animals. They may be thrown off by the changes in your routine leading up to moving day. And if your pet isn’t a fan of long car rides, you might be dreading the moment when you finally have to pack up the trunk and drive to your new city. 

However, there are plenty of things you can do to make this process easier for both you and your pet. These tips will help you pull off a stress-free move with your furry friend!

Hire a Pet Sitter

Trying to keep an eye on your pet while handling moving-day logistics can quickly become complicated and exhausting. The simplest solution? Hire a pet sitter! Having a pet sitter around on moving day can take a weight off of your shoulders. You can start your search for the right pet sitter online, where you can compare the services different sitters offer, the types of pets they care for, and their rates. See if you can schedule a meet-and-greet with the sitter before moving day, just to make sure that your pet enjoys their company. 

Research Local Veterinarians

Before moving day arrives, it’s a good idea to start researching veterinarians in your new city. After all, if your pet needs medical attention shortly after you relocate, you want the peace of mind that comes with knowing exactly where to go for the care they need. Cesar’s Way suggests asking any trusted friends or relatives in the area for their recommendations and considering the prices at any particular office. 

You’ll want to choose a veterinary practice that provides pets with a wide range of services. For example, in addition to offering medical care like diagnostics, surgery, and immunizations, Williamsville Veterinary Clinic also has an in-house pharmacy, groomer, and daycare!

Soothe Your Pet’s Anxiety

If your pet tends to get anxious in the car, you’ll need to come up with a plan to calm them down before moving day! PetMD recommends bringing plenty of food and water for the journey, packing a small kit with first-aid gear for pets, and having your pet stay in a carrier while they are in the car for their safety.

It doesn’t hurt to stock up on healthy dog treats, either. Chances are, your pet will momentarily forget their worries when they’re munching on a tasty treat! While shopping for treats, consider your pet’s dietary restrictions, the quality of the ingredients, and reviews from other pet owners. 

Unpack Your Pet’s Belongings

Unpacking all of your belongings will likely take at least a few days, but it’s important to take out your pet’s belongings as soon as you get to your new home. Remember, your pet is probably feeling a bit overwhelmed by this new space, but being able to lay down in their bed with their favorite toys will help them feel at home! This is the simplest way to help your pet feel comfortable in their new environment. 

Get to Know the Neighborhood

Once you’ve settled in, it’s time to head outside and start getting to know your new neighborhood with your pet! Going for walks is a great way to familiarize your pet with the area. You might also want to check out local dog parks, hiking trails, or pet-friendly beaches. The more time you can spend helping your pet adjust to your new city, the better! You’ll both have a great time on your adventures. 

As you plan your move with your pet, you may have a long list of worries. Preparing in advance is the key to addressing these concerns about your pet’s wellbeing. By following these tips, you’ll be able to make the moving process much more pleasant for your pet!