What to do with pets on moving day?


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Moving from one home to another is not an easy process, and it can often be very stressful, both for us humans but also for our pets. That is why it is necessary to make this transition as natural and easier as possible for them as well. So if you’re not sure what to do with pets on moving day, Professional Movers Ottawa is here today to help. With our professional moving experience, we can give you some expert advice.

Is there an easy way to deal with your pets on moving day?

If you’re wondering what to do with pets on moving day, there is no one-sided answer. It’s a living and breathing being and you have to give it the attention… Especially on a moving day. Say, when you move your piano, you simply call piano movers Ottawa But when you move with your pet, it’s not enough to hire professional movers. The most important thing you can do for your pet when it comes to moving to a new home is to maintain the usual pace of activity for as long as possible… And that is, preferably, all the time. So, take it for walks, spend time playing and socializing as before, and do not put its toys away as long as possible.

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We will help you out if you’re not sure what to do with your pets on moving day.

Once you start packing

Moving with pets is most similar to moving with kids or moving with seniors. So, when you start packing, try to leave your pet its space where it will have toys, a place to sleep, and space for its usual activities until the very end of the packaging. Make sure it has an access to fresh water and food at all times. This also applies when you arrive at your new home and start unpacking. First, place its sleeping bed and toys in a corner and give it food.

Have your pet have its own moving box

Prepare one box especially for your pet. Here, you can pack its toys, food and water containers, and everything that actually belongs to your pet. Check all the boxes that contain your pet’s belongings so you can unpack them quickly once you move in. Set aside enough food for your pet to have until it arrives at its new home. In any case, those are just some of the basics of taking care of your pet.

Talk to your pet

As silly as it may sound, it is important to convince your pet that everything is in the best order and that the upcoming change does not mean anything bad. And we know that you probably already talk to your dog.

It is important, however, to know that for some pets, moving can be a cause of great stress. If you notice that your dog is showing signs of stress – rapid breathing, anxiety to the point of complete panic, and an attempt to escape – consult a veterinarian. Pets are extremely emotional and such changes can seriously affect their mood and even health, so be careful and gentle with them, because this is the right time for you to show yourself as their faithful friend.

a sleeping dog
Pets are extremely emotional and such changes can seriously affect their mood and even health,

Things to remember

On a moving day, no matter how stressful it may be, you have to keep an eye on your pet. So you need to save yourself a little time. Try to get packing supplies Ottawa in advance. Moving with pets should not be a problem for owners if you prepare in time. So do prepare for moving at least a month in advance.

Be calm and do everything lightly

Your pets feel when we are nervous and it greatly affects their mood. If you want your pet to be calm when moving, it is important that you do everything without haste and nervousness. Trust us, the pet feels everything that you feel. Some hospitals in Canada allow pets to visit their owners because they positively affect their recovery. In addition to being great therapists, pets are also part of the family. And that means that if you move, they move with you too!

Go to the veterinarian

…not on a moving day of course, but it should be a priority before you move. In any case, pack your pet’s health booklet in your personal luggage, as well as any medications it may be taking. Make sure you always have a leash with you so you can keep your pet on it if needed. During the move, the pets are excited about the change, and if the moving workers come to you, they will be even more excited to see new friends. That is why sometimes it is necessary for the pet to be on a leash, next to its owner, so that everyone can do their job.

a golden retriever
Pack your pet’s health booklet in your personal luggage, as well as any medications it may be taking.

If you move abroad…

If you are moving abroad, there are a few things to keep in mind: make sure your pet has received all the necessary vaccines for that particular country, and be sure to carry your pet’s passport with you. When it comes to more extensive relocations that last several days, many of our clients have chosen special boarding houses for pets. These places are specially equipped to give your pet the atmosphere it deserves, with professional staff to take care of it until the move is complete. If you are moving your dog’s house or large aquarium, consult an expert on how best to move the facility. Sometimes the best option is to disassemble the item, while sometimes it is possible to transfer it in one piece. Good luck!

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