How to move your pets to their new home without stressing them

Warren Oberholser
Warren Oberholser
Published on May 6, 2021

Hi, I’m Warren Oberholser. I’m a realtor in the East Bay Tri-Valley area in Northern California. My goal is to help both buyers and sellers get maximum results for one of their biggest investments, their home.

Your bags are packed and you’re ready to move to your new home, but you realize you got to bring your pets. In this BLOG, I’m going to give you helpful tips to reduce your animal’s stress so they’ll have a safe journey and love their new home.

Nearly 70% of it U.S. households have pets. That’s 85 million families with fin or four-legged family members, according to the American Pet Products Association’s National Pet Owner’s Survey. We all know moving from one household to the next can be stressful for our children, but it also can be stressful for our pets. I put together a four-step process to help reduce your pet stress with the move and hopefully increase your enjoyment of your new home.

Visit the vet before you move

Number One: Visit Your Pet’s Veterinarian

I get it, your schedule is packed, especially the week before you go. However, a quick trip to your veterinarian can make a big difference for your pet. If your pet’s own medicine, ask for refills in advance. This way you won’t run out. And if your pet’s prone to anxiety, ask the vet if they could prescribe something for the move.

Most important of all is to make sure that your pet is microchipped. If your pet should get out of your new home before he or she becomes acclimated to the area, there’s a good chance it will become disoriented and find itself utterly lost. With a chip in place, whoever finds your pet will be able to contact you. If your pet is already chipped, ask your vet how you can update your contact information to include your new address and phone number if that changed.

Finally, ask for a copy of your pet’s records, including all visits and vaccination records and a referral to a veterinarian in your new town. And of course, as a backup, it’s always a good idea to ensure that your pet is wearing a collar with identification tags.

Traveling by car will be less stressful for your pet

Number Two: Tips For a Long-Distance Move

The American Humane Society recommends transporting your pets by car. Before making your trip, make reservations at a pet-friendly hotel along the route. You can find some at PetsWelcome.com or Pet-Friendly-Hotels.net.

The American Humane Society recommends that you transport your pet in a secured, well-ventilated pet carrier. Also, ensure that they have an escape-proof collar, leash, water, pet food, and bowl, and a bottle of water for those potty rest stops you’ll need to make along the way. On moving day, keep your pet in a room with a closed door or crate in a quiet area of the home. The last thing you need when you’re on a tight moving schedule is your pet to make that great escape.

Pet proof your new home

Number Three: Pet-Proof Your New Home

Upon arrival at your new home, secure the pet in one of the bedrooms, make sure you include the pet’s crate or bed, a favorite toy, and a piece of your clothing that has her set on it. Then head outdoors and check the fence from top to bottom for holes or gaps that the pet can fit through. Naturally, if your pet’s a cat, he or she will just jump over the fence. So this is a tip primarily for dogs.

If there’s a lawn, check for signs of being recently fertilized. If it has been fertilized, don’t allow your pet into the backyard until you have thoroughly washed away the fertilizer or any other chemical, like pesticides or herbicides. Also, run a quick check on the plants in the backyard to ensure they’re pet-friendly. Check the database at ASPCA.org.

Take your dog on a walk to introduce them to their new neighborhood

Number Four: Take Your Dog On a Walk Touring its New Neighborhood

Over the course of the first week or so of your new home, make it a point to walk your dog around the new neighborhood. Very soon, he or she will be acclimated to the new surroundings. If your dog should get out of your house, your new neighborhood will hopefully look familiar to your dog and it’ll find its way home.

Wishing you and your pet all the best in their new home

Pets have different personalities and some will sail right through a move to their new area, while others may struggle and be nervous and stressed. Don’t be surprised if your pet begins behaving differently. With patience and time, they’ll become comfortable and acclimate to their new surroundings. I wish you and your pets all the best in your new home.

I hope you enjoyed this article. Please let me know if you have any questions. Warren

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Hello…I work with both buyers and sellers in the Tri-Valley area of Northern California. The Tri-Valley is comprised of 6 cities: Pleasanton, Livermore, Dublin, San Ramon, Danville, and Alamo. To better understand what each city has to offer, I have created a Pros and Cons video and BLOG for each – (Pros & Cons for Pleasanton, Pros & Cons for Livermore, Pros & Cons for Dublin, Pros & Cons for San Ramon, Pros & Cons for Danville and Pros & Cons for Alamo). If you are thinking about purchasing or selling a home, please reach out to me by text, phone, or email. If it is convenient, I can schedule a Zoom chat so we can discuss your home goals. Wishing you all the best on your home journey. Cheers!

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