Relocating a home can be stressful for all of the occupants, including your precious pet, especially if you are moving to a new city. The stress of moving can just be decreased to a considerable level in case you have a professional house removal in London carrying out the move for you. It is true that cats and dogs find moving house to be traumatic as they are familiar with their existing everyday surroundings and look upon it as their area and territory. They recognize the surroundings, the other pets and strays in close proximity, neighboring yards and avenues.
When they move away permanently from their acquainted environment to a new place, they find it very difficult to adjust. They become anxious knowing that they are separated from their territory. They are going to take a reasonable time to earmark a new territory for themselves and it is going to take time to get acquainted with the new environment and develop new bonds and friendships with living beings in the surroundings. They need to reestablish themselves, become familiar and settle into a new vicinity. In order to make your beloved pet comfortable and calm during and after a house move, ensure you don’t miss taking these vital steps.
Meet your vet before the move
It is necessary to visit your veterinarian a few weeks before your house move. It is as necessary as hiring a professional mover to move your house before the move to talk to a veterinarian about your pet weeks before the moving day. Talk about your concerns of moving with your pet with your vet. He or she will suggest to you the best you can do to make your house move as comfortable as possible for your pet. If your pet gets anxious or sick during travel or adjusting to a new place, ask your vet to give you required anti-depressants, anti-sickness or mild sedatives that can calm your pet down.
Request your vet to provide you with a copy of your pet’s health history and vaccination certificate. This is quite important as you wont like to lose track of your pet’s vaccinations and medications that need to be continued once you have settled in the new area. Make sure your pet has taken required shots before you move. Be smart enough to stock up your pet’s favorite food, treats, and required medicines in advance in case you don’t get them in the new vicinity. As well, ensure you have updated your new address in your pet’s microchip database. Also, register your pet with a good vet in your new area. Many top notch removalists offer pet removal services along with their normal moving services. It is better to check with your removalist if they have a checklist and can provide you with the services that might be helpful for you while moving with your pet.
Provide a separate place to your pet on moving day and inform your removalist
In order that your pet doesn’t feel uncomfortable and restless in the shuffle of the house removal process, it is a good idea to keep him confined in one room with a person he loves to spend time with, possibly in his favorite room in the house, you need to communicate this to your removalist before hand so that the moving process can be carried out in a seamless manner. You can call your best friend or neighbor who’s familiar with your pet to take care of him. Make sure that your pet has its water bowl, food bowl, litter tray, bedding and his toys in the room with him. Keep the doors and windows closed, and place a sign on the door that says why your house removal team can’t go in there in case you have a big team of removalists helping you move your home on moving day.
Set up a comfortable spot for your pet at your new home
The first thing you should ask your removalist to do on arrival at your new home is to set up a comfortable spot for your pet. A quiet and out of the way room where your pet can relax contentedly while your move in will work. Make the room comfortable by keeping the things he is familiar with, probably some of your clothes and his toys so that he could sense you are around, and feel like home. Ensure to let your removalist know where your pet is so that he is of minimum disturbance to him in case you are setting up the spot yourself.
Give your pet full-time attention
Moving house with a pet and that too without the help of a proficient house removalist company is not possible. You can’t carry out the whole moving process all alone with a pet. You need a professional assistant to make your move smooth and hassle-free for you and your pet both. Your pet needs your attention and to deal with the chaos of moving. You need to check on him constantly to make sure he is not distressed about everything going around them. Take care about your pet’s daily routine by sticking to his regular walking and feeding times.
Inform your house removalist company that you are moving with a pet
Tell your house mover in London or wherever you live that you are moving with a pet. Whether you own a dog, a cat, a reptile or tropical fish, inform your removal company. Don’t keep it a secret, as the prospective moving company may need special equipment, material, or skill to pack your pet’s belongings. Don’t be afraid to ask if they can help you with moving your pet as well, if they can’t do it themselves, they can recommend you transportation that carries requests of this nature.
Make a travel checklist for your pet
Make it a point to prepare a travel checklist for your pet before you move. Your removalist might have a different one however you can refer to the list below to make sure you don’t miss anything.
- Veterinary record and certificates
- Preferred food for your pet
- Important medications
- Food and water bowls
- Bedding, blankets, and pillows
- Plastic bags and scoops for cleaning poop
- Litter box or litter tray for cats
- Pet carrier
- Towel, tissues and cleaning products
- Their skin and hair care products
Talk to your old neighbors in case your pet visits
It is not unusual for cats and dogs to try to return to their old habitats, particularly when you are moving only a short distance away. Talk to your old neighbors and tell them that this situation can arise. Tell them to call you if they see your pet in the surrounding area or near your old house.
Things you need to double check
- Put new identification tags on
- Make sure have the recent pictures of your dog clicked from all angles
- Take care of the temperature in the room they are kept in
- Make sure they are comfortable while moving to a new home in a car or cage
- Ensure they get regular toilet and water breaks
- Check the boundary fencing to make sure it’s high enough and free from holes to let your pet run free out of your house
- Take your dog to a lot of walks to get used to of new surroundings
Remember, the temperature of a parked car rises rapidly. Never leave your pet alone for a long time in a parked car.