6 Tips for Moving to Dallas with Cats and Dogs
By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
Tip #1: Have One, Final Vet Visit
Some pets don't enjoy going to the vet, but if you're moving it is important to be sure your animals get one, final exam. This is doubly important if you're moving far enough away that you will have to look for a new vet, or if an airplane trip will be necessary to get to your destination. Be certain you get the pet’s vaccine records, prescriptions, and any other paperwork you are going to need. If you delay until you are too far from your vet to accomplish this, it can be a large, un-called-for stressor to add on top of your move.
Tip #2: Board Your Pets (If You Can)
Boarding might be tough for furry family members who have separation anxiety, but it's often a practical answer in the long-run if you're moving to a new home. If you board your animals for moving day then you don't have to worry about them being in the way, there is zero chance of them running out of the house, and you aren't constantly keeping track of them. It saves time, frustration, and risk, which can help your move go a lot more smoothly.
Tip #3: Preserve as Much Routine as Possible
Our pets appreciate routine, and they could be nervous when it changes. Changes in routine could be viewed as a danger, so it tends to create all kinds of extra anxiety on your pet’s part. Therefore, you should attempt to plan your move to Dallas so that it disrupts your animals’ routines (as well as your own) as little as possible. Let them get used to what's taking place gradually, and they will respond much better. Also, when you move them, be sure you bring familiarity with them when you can. Favorite treats and blankets can act like a security blanket, and help your pets stay calmer throughout the move.
Tip #4: Make Sure Your Pets Are Comfortable With Their Traveling Accommodations
No matter if you own dogs or cats, you don't want to gather them up, throw them in the car, and commence driving one day. You need to allow the time to get your animals used to traveling. For example, if you own a cat, place their carrier on the floor with the door open. Let them get familiarized with it being there, and give them an opportunity to explore it. If you own a canine, get them accustomed to a crate, or a kennel. Take them on progressively longer car trips, and get them used to being passengers if you can. The more care you can allow getting your pets on-board with moving (even if they are not ever really going to like it), the easier things are going to be.
Tip #5: Identification
Make sure and keep identification on your furry family member always. If the unthinkable takes place and your pet is lost in the craziness of the move, how else will they find you, their beloved owner? Make sure that their collar fits correctly and that their tag includes a phone number that won’t be turned off during the move.
Tip #6: Chill Out... Your Pets Are Watching
Moving is full of stress, there's no arguing about that. Even if everything goes perfectly (which it rarely does), you're going to have moments where you just want to lay on the floor and throw a good, old-fashioned temper tantrum. No matter how stressful things get, though, it is vital for you to not forget that little eyes are taking it all in, and that you may be alarming them.
Your furry friends are likely under a lot of stress from the whole process of moving. New things are appearing without explanation, familiar stuff is going out the door, and there are new people arriving all the time. So, take a moment, take a breath, and remember that your pets need you to be collected and reassuring for them. Otherwise it might tip them over the edge of the stress meter.