Moving is a big transition for people and their pets. During this time, pets can become anxious and fearful. They may exhibit unusual behavior, seem to change personalities, or even run away. Pets need special attention during a move. Here are some tips for moving with pets.

1. Make a Safe Haven When Moving with Pets
During a move, the entire house might be in disarray. Moving boxes and packing tape are in every corner, and things are out of their usual position. This is frightening to your pet. Animals are territorial, and your moving situation is an upheaval to your pet’s “nest.” Make a safe haven for your pet in a small room that is away from the mayhem. This could be guest bathroom, a bedroom closet or a corner in the garage. Then, your pet can relax there while you pack.

2. Make Sure Your Pet Has Current I.D.
Your pet’s ID tag probably has your old address on it. Update it with your cell phone number instead so that while you’re traveling to your new home, anyone who finds your lost pet will be able to reach you, even before you’ve moved in. If you’re in the habit of removing your pet’s collar while indoors, stop this practice. During and after your move, the ID should remain on your pet 24/7. Contact your vet in Ringwood for help purchasing suitable pet ID tags.

3. Pay Extra Attention to Pets
Your pet will likely need extra attention in the weeks leading up to the move as well as after you’ve arrived in the new house. Although you’re busier than ever, take some time to give your pet some extra, focused attention. Be sure to make eye contact and speak in a soothing voice, using their name repeatedly. Vets in Downton suggest that this will reinvigorate the bond, making your pet feel loved and part of the family.

4. Keep Pets in a Closed Door Room When Packers Arrive
On moving day, enclose pets behind a door. Don’t try to just tell your moving men not to open the door. A strange house will be unfamiliar and disorienting, and a moving man may accidentally open the door. Put a sign on the door that says, “Pets Inside: Do Not Open.” This will alert everyone not to open that door.

5. Keep Pets Confined to a Kennel or Carrier When It’s Time to Leave
On the actual day of the move, eventually you’ll need to empty out all the rooms, including that safe haven you so carefully arranged for your pet. Veterinarians in Bishopdown recommend that you move your pet to a kennel or closed carrier so she is protected from harm’s way.

6. Don’t Let Your Pet Outside After You Move Into the New House
Allow your pet to become accustomed to the new environment before letting him outside unleashed, even in the fenced-in backyard. Wait at least three days, so your pet realizes this is the new family home. Otherwise, your pet might try to return to the old house.

So many people report runaway pets when they move. The family pet panics, runs away, and them becomes disoriented. In too many cases, these pets are lost forever. Don’t let this happen to your beloved pet. Use the tips listed to ensure a safe move for your pet.

For more advice about moving with a pet, talk to your veterinarian with locations in Bishopdown, Ringwood and Downton.