Moving day can be stressful and fraught with unexpected hazards. It can also be an anxious time for our pets. There are plenty of opportunities for injury when lifting heavy boxes and furniture, and these dangers can be heightened by the presence of pets. Animals are quite intuitive, and when there are dramatic changes happening in the household, such as a move-out, their anxiety can cause them to be underfoot more than usual, which can cause trips and falls. If you are a pet-owner who is facing an upcoming move, here are some tips for making moving day go as smoothly as possible.
Try to isolate pets in a quiet, empty room of the house. Remember they will still be anxious, and perhaps might be even more nervous if they are separated from you, so check in on them occasionally to reassure them.
If you have room in your vehicle and are planning to make multiple trips, it can be a good idea to take your pet with you each time, just to let them know they aren’t being left behind. Leaving them at the old house might be frightening for them, and when they are scared or worried pets tend to leave surprise messes for their owners. There will be enough to do in both the new and old locations without having to worry about pet mishaps.
When it comes time to transport your pet, try to do it in the same way you would take them to the vet or the dog park. Moving day is already stressful enough, and they will be much better behaved if you act like it’s just a normal ride in the car. If you usually put them in a travel carrier, then stick with the routine. The familiarity of the carrier will likely be a comfort and will help minimize fear.
If possible, consider leaving them with a friend or family member, preferably one who they know well. This will keep them secure and safely out of the way. This is an especially good idea if you are hiring a professional moving company, since strangers coming in and out of the house can be very intimidating to pets. For the safety of you, your pets, and the movers, it is often best to leave the pets somewhere more comfortable, and this will ensure that moving day is as seamless as possible.