Moving for a job can be stressful for many people—especially for those relocating with pets. While we won’t dig too deep into the psychology of pets, it is safe to say that animals get stressed out when there’s unexpected activity in their home, or when they’re introduced into an unfamiliar environment. Anyone who’s ever raised a dog or cat can attest to this.
Unfortunately, this process doesn’t come with a standardized solution. But there are certainly some steps that can alleviate a potentially perilous situation. Here are some tips for moving with pets—before, during, and after the big day.
Before the Move
- A few weeks before you move, set aside some time to make sure your pets are fitted with collars or other forms of identification that provide your name and contact information.
- If you know your pet is prone to car (or airplane) sickness, be sure to pick up any prescription medications from your vet.
- If you are leaving the area, be sure to contact your vet for any final medications or prescriptions—and see if they can recommend a vet in your new location. Additionally, it’s important to get your pet’s medical records.
- Become familiar with your new location’s pet rules and regulations. Like residential rentals, each short-term housing situation is unique. Landlords and HOA’s may have specific requirements, such as vaccinations or certifications.
- Try to normalize the situation. Instead of pulling an all-nighter before you move, try to pack over a period of time so that your pet doesn’t suspect that something is out of the ordinary. Don’t pack up your pet’s food, toys, water bowls, and other possessions until the day of your move.
During the Move
- Transport the pet to your new location in your own vehicle. Cats and small dogs can be transported in a carrier, while larger breeds can be moved in a kennel.
- The activity of moving and unpacking can frighten your animals. During the move, keep your pet in the quietest possible area. If you have the option, it’s recommended to have them stay with a trusted friend or kennel.
After the Move
- Unpack and move the house as much as possible before you move the pet. If you’re renting short-term housing, this step is often accounted for. Regardless, the sooner you introduce your pet to your new, fully unpacked environment, the sooner they’ll adjust.
- Don’t let pets roam your yard (or neighborhood) until they are acclimated. Be sure to take pets out on a leash to explore their new territory. Show them exactly how to get back home, and work hard to familiarize them with their new surroundings.
Adjusting to a new environment doesn’t have to be stressful for your four-legged friend. To ensure you find the best pet-friendly housing possible, contact an expert short-term housing provider.
With a decade of experience, Travelers Haven is one of the largest corporate housing providers in the country, serving thousands of business every year. We specialize in the unique needs of businesses with a traveling or contract workforce.