Moving from one home to another is stressful for everyone, including your pets. You know why you’re making the move and the benefits and rewards of doing so. You know there’s a light at the end of the tunnel, but your pets won’t understand this as much.
Moving with pets can be a very confusing and worrisome thing for them, but it has to be done. To make them feel as comfortable as possible, there are a few tips for moving with your pet that you should know.
Continue reading below for our guide on how to make a comfortable move in Ontario for the entire family!
1. Collar and ID Tag
No one anticipates losing their pet during a move, however, it’s best to prepare for the worst. The moving process can be frightening for your pets and this can cause them to act out of fear and run away. If this were to happen, you’ll want them to have a collar and ID tag on them, especially when moving overseas with a pet.
You should also consider microchipping your pets before moving with them. Don’t forget to bring leashes either, so you can take walk breaks with them during the drive.
2. Crate Training
Whether you’re driving or flying for your Ontario move, you should start crate training your pet. If they’re not already crate trained, you want to start getting them used to the crate so they’ll be comfortable in it during the move.
Before the move, you can start placing them in the crate for small periods of time. Gradually extend the time they spend in the crate until they’re comfortable being in it for a few hours. If driving, make stops when possible to give them a break.
Explore near Horsehoe Falls or other Ontario landmarks and national parks to allow them some time outdoors.
3. Vet Records
Keep in mind that you’ll be getting your pet a new veterinarian as well if you’re moving far from your old home. If this is true for your situation, then you’ll want to ask your current vet for all your pet’s records.
These records will ensure your new vet can take proper care of them. You might want to take them to the vet beforehand to ensure their health as well. Let the vet know about your move and ask for some advice if needed.
4. A Normal Routine
As much as you can, try to keep their normal routine while moving with your pet. If they eat at a certain time, go for a walk at a certain time, or get exercise at a certain time, try to keep them on schedule.
It’ll help make things feel normal for them. For example, the Algonquin Provincial Park has a river and trails that your pet can explore for some exercise.
Moving With Pets Doesn’t Have to Be Stressful
Moving is stressful, but with the help of this guide, moving with pets can be a breeze! Be sure to follow the steps listed above and ask your vet about any concerns you may have.
Ready to start packing? It’s time to contact a moving service in Ontario!
Contact us today for a free moving service quote.