Moving to a new home is an exciting yet stressful time for many, let alone those who will have to move with pets to look after simultaneously.  

From the chaos of packing boxes to the unfamiliar sights and smells of a new environment, pets can easily become overwhelmed during a move.  

However, with some careful planning and consideration, you can help make the transition smoother for both you and your beloved companion. Below are some essential tips for moving home with pets: 

  

Before Moving Day: 

  1. Find a New Vet: This is for those moving to a completely new area. Research local veterinary practices ahead of time and register your pet with one. Having a vet lined up ensures you can promptly access healthcare services if needed.

 

  1. Arrange Pet Care: If possible, consider having a friend or family member look after your pet during the move. Alternatively, research reputable boarding facilities where your pet can stay temporarily. Removing them from the hustle and bustle of moving day can reduce stress, for both you and your pet.

  

  1. Update Their Info: Ensure your pet’s microchip and ID tags are updated with your new contact information. This is crucial in case your pet gets lost during or after the move, enabling a quick reunion.

   

On Moving Day: 

  1. Maintain Routine: Keep your pet’s routine as normal as possible amidst the chaos of moving day. Stick to regular feeding times and walks, providing a sense of stability.

  

  1. Pack Essentials Last: Pack your pet’s essentials—such as bowls, blankets, food/treats and their favourite toys. Having familiar items readily available can offer comfort to your pet during the transition.

  

  1. Secure a Safe Space: If you can’t arrange care with a friend, family member or boarding facility, it may be a good idea to designate a quiet room in your new home where your pet can stay during the move. This means they’re away from the barrage of boxes being carried in and out. This space should be equipped with their necessities and free from potential hazards.

  

Settling into Your New Home: 

  1. Pet Proofing is Key: The last thing you want once you’ve completed moving dayis a pet-related accident. Make sure doors and windows are secure, and garden fences are stable. From electrical wires to fire hazards, be weary of any potential dangers.

 

  1. Maintain Routine (Again): Now you’re moved in, try to keep things like their food and walk times consistent. The walking routes will no doubt be different, but try and keep them on the same schedule so that shock in the new setting is kept to a minimum!

  

  1. Encourage Exploration: Once the moving vans are gone and boxes unpacked, give your pet time to explore their new living environment. Be sure to supervise them on trips outside to do their business, and provide a positive environment for them with affection, treats etc.

  

Overall, the main goal is to minimise your pets’ stress levels as they navigate a new environment. By following these tips, you can help lower their stress levels and ensure a smoother transition to their new environment.