6 Tips for Moving to Dallas with Cats and Dogs

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

Moving with Pets - Moving BoxesMoving your household can be a rough task, and it only gets tougher if you own furry family members who are moving with you to Dallas. If you own canines, felines, or both, then here are a couple, easy things you should do to help them through the moving process to Dallas.

Tip #1: Have One, Final Vet Visit

Some pets do not enjoy going to the vet, but if you are relocating it's important to make sure your animals get one, last exam. This is super important if you are moving far enough away that you will have to find a new veterinarian, or if a plane trip will be required to get to your new home state. Make positive you get the pet’s proof of vaccines, medications, and any other paperwork you're going to require. If you procrastinate until you're too far from your vet to get this done, it can be a huge, unnecessary headache in addition to your move.

Tip #2: Board Your Pets (If You Can)

Boarding may be stressful for pets who have separation anxiety, but it is often a better answer in the long-run if you are moving to a new house. If you board your pets for moving day then you don't have to be anxious about them being bothersome, there is no chance of them running away, and you aren't constantly looking to see where they are. It saves time, frustration, and risk, which can help your move go much more calmly.

Tip #3: Preserve as Much Routine as Possible

Our pets appreciate routine, and they can be unsure when it is different from normal. Changes in routine could be viewed as a threat, so it tends to result in all kinds of extra stress on their part. So, you should try 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 is taking place a little at a time, and they will react much better. Additionally, when you move them, make sure you bring the things they know and love with them when you can. Favorite treats and bedding can act like a security blanket, and help your pets stay calmer during the process.

Tip #4: Make Sure Your Pets Are Comfortable With Their Traveling Accommodations

Whether you have dogs or cats, you don't want to gather them up, throw them in the car, and begin driving one day. You need to take the time to get your cats and dogs familiarized with traveling. For example, if you own a cat, put their crate on the floor with the door open. Let them get familiarized with it being there, and allow them an opportunity to explore it. If you own a dog, get them familiarized with a crate, or a kennel. Take them on progressively longer car trips, and get them accustomed 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 simpler things are going to be.

Tip #5: Identification

Be sure and keep identification on your pet always. If something terrible occurs and your pet gets lost in the chaos 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 is no two-ways about that. Even if everything goes swimmingly (which it rarely does), you are going to have times where you just want to lay on the floor and pitch a good, old-fashioned temper tantrum. No matter how insane everything gets, though, it is crucial for you to not forget that little eyes are taking it all in, and that you might be startling them.

Your furry family members are likely under a lot of stress from the whole process of moving. New stuff is appearing without explanation, familiar stuff is going away, 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 calm and reassuring for them. Otherwise it might tip them over the edge of the stress meter.