Managing Pet Stress During Your Move to Dallas

Moving with PetsBy Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

Moving your family is stressful no matter how you view it and holding the usual panic under control for the humans can be quite a challenge. However while you're ensuring your youngsters are alright with leaving behind their schools, buddies, and neighborhoods, don't forget that Fido and Leo get anxious and require some additional TLC, as well. Not to mention, your pets respond to environmental shifts in various ways, so you may need a large head for all the therapy caps you've got to put on during the move to Dallas. Pets that are living a contained existence generally don't have the emotional attachment you may have with the cats and dogs--fish in a tank just tend not to tug on your heartstrings like the family dog does when he looks at you at mealtime.

Here's how you will be able to keep your pets calm and happy as you move to Dallas--so at least somebody in the family is not a jittery wreck.


Felines tend to affix to locations more than people--stories of cats which are included with the homes are not really apocryphal. They are a issue should they be outside cats and you will be executing a long distance move--cats have been known to depart the new house to go back "home". This is not such a concern if you are moving around the street, otherwise, it's a significant worry.

Think about it--your felines won't go to the door to go for a car ride every time you pick up your car keys; they're completely content to continue sunning themselves on the windowsill--until you start packing and the windowsill is gone in back of a stack of cartons. Here's how to manage your felines.

· Contain free-range felines, starting a few months before you'll move to Dallas. Get them used to being inside with you--if this means late-life kitty litter box training, so be it. Lure them into a pet carrier for a few hours a day, to make sure that they're not meowing crazies when you place them in the car. Bring the cats out for short rides if you are doing errands--definitely in the carrier.

· Moving day, keep the cat and all feline necessities in a area with the door closed. As soon as the professional movers have loaded the moving vans and you are all set to vacate, place Kitty into the carrier. If the feline does not travel well, your veterinarian could prescribe something, so she does not have a meltdown in the car, hence making you along with the dog plus the kids to have their own mini-meltdowns.

· As soon as you're installed in the new house, repeat the moving-out process for a while. Keep the cats contained in a room together with their stuff, while you take care of the commotion of moving, unpacking, and settling in. Even with inside kitties, they will be more comfortable--and less inclined to demonstrate their unhappiness by disregarding the litter box--if you delay until you have settled in a little to let them to roam free inside your home.

· For outside felines, they'll take some time to get accustomed to the new smells of the home and then to understand this is where their people are, before they should be let out to roam. Place some food outside to help remind them exactly where home is.


Your pet dog merely likes to be around you, but he'll almost certainly get stressed when you're troubled. Canine stress is greatest pre-move, so here's how to keep Spot comfortable and cool when you're losing your head.

· Allow plenty of time for packing, for anyone who is packing yourself. Watching a little bit of movement day-to-day isn't a huge problem; heading to doggie day camp for a day and coming home to an empty home will probably freak him out.

· Remain in your regular routine--walks, dinner, what you do, carry on doing it.

· Update the contact information if he's microchipped; you can usually go online to make those changes.

· At the new home, show him the yard, take him out for a stroll, and make certain supper time is steady.

Fish, Hamsters, Birds

Secure the crates in the back of your car or truck or hire a pet mover to transport them. As aquariums and fish may be a headache to maneuver, you could think about offering the aqua-pets to an elementary school.

Get duplicates of the pet's veterinary records before you move to Dallas, so you will have the whole set of immunization files on hand if you want to board before you'll see the new vet.

Keeping the pets happy as you move to Dallas will go a considerable way in direction of keeping you content. Sticking to these tips will alleviate the strain of relocating the pets, at least.


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