Question of the week: How do I help my pet adjust to a move?

Moving house can be one of the most stressful of life’s events for both man and beast. There are things we as pet owners can do to ease the transition to a new space.

In planning the move, make sure your pet is all up to date on vaccines and health care. If your animal is at optimal health, they are able to withstand the stress of a move more successfully.

If past experience has proved that your pet has anxiety related to traveling you may wish to discuss a sedative with one of our vets. If appropriate, this medication can make for a much “smoother” ride.

New elements encountered in a new abode such as unfamiliar sounds and smells and animals can cause your pet to have an adverse reaction. The adjustment period differs from pet to pet. Ideally, the best way to initiate the transition is to keep your pet confined. Having wide access to all new areas can be overwhelming. Select a room that is relatively quiet and removed from a lot of activity.

With all the chaos that can often surround a move, try to keep tabs on your animal. If feeling insecure, they may be inclined to run away in an attempt to locate their former home. Ensure your pet has a microchip in the event that they are lost in the move without tags. It is also important that you update your contact info with the microchip company so that they can connect you with your pet.

Finally, surround your pet with familiar toys, food bowls and bedding if possible. Having the comforts of the former home will make it all the more easier to claim the new one as their own.