5 Ways to Help Pets Adjust After a Move
Moving can be stressful for every family member – including the four-legged ones. Every animal reacts differently to new living quarters, and temperament has a lot to do with it. Some pets take a move in stride, while others exhibit anxiety or insecurity for days or weeks.
Here are 5 things to consider as the big move approaches and after you’re in your new home.
1. A little help from the vet
Ask your veterinarian for recommendations on easing the transition. If your pet is generally anxious or high-strung, it might be worth asking your vet whether a mild calming medication might help during travel and the transition period in the new home.
2. Time to explore
Upon moving in, give your pet time to explore the house gradually, rather than letting it loose to roam at will. Limit it to one area – perhaps the kitchen – for a few hours until it calms down. Show the pet where you’ve placed its familiar items like the food dish, water bowl and bed. If you have a dog, put on their leash and take them of an initial home tour. Avoid letting pets out unsupervised for several days until you’re sure they can’t climb or dig out from under the fence.
3. A walk in the park
Help release anxiety and pent-up energy by taking your dog for a walk and sniff through the neighborhood. While people learn about a new place primarily by visual cues, dogs depend on their noses.
4. Helping the feline in your life
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