Helpful Tips for Moving with Pets 

Posted by Big Mikes Moving & Storage on November 15, 2023

Moving to a new home is a significant transition not just for you but also for your furry friends. Pets can feel the stress and confusion of a move, but with thoughtful planning and consideration, you can ensure a smooth and comfortable transition for them. In this blog, Big Mike's Moving & Storage shares valuable tips for moving with pets, drawing on expert advice and our own experience in making the relocation process as seamless as possible for every member of your family.

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Preparing Your Pet for the Move

Familiarize Your Pet with Their Carrier:

  • Prior to the move, allow your pet to get comfortable with their carrier by placing treats, toys, or bedding inside.
  • Take short trips with your pet in the carrier to help them associate it with positive experiences.

Maintain Routine Veterinary Care:

  • Ensure your pet's vaccinations and health records are up-to-date.
  • Ask your veterinarian for advice on managing stress and anxiety during the move.

Update Identification Tags:

  • Update your pet's identification tags with your new address and contact information.
  • Consider getting a microchip for added security in case your pet gets lost during the move.

Create a Pet-Friendly Moving Environment

Designate a Quiet Area:

  • On moving day, designate a quiet and secure area for your pet away from the hustle and bustle.
  • Provide familiar toys, bedding, and water to keep them comfortable.

Consider Professional Pet Sitters:

  • If possible, hire professional pet sitters to care for your pets on moving day. This can reduce stress and ensure their safety.

Gradual Introduction to the New Home:

  • Introduce your pet to their new home gradually, starting with one room and gradually expanding their access to the entire house.

Plan Safe Transportation

Secure Your Pet During Transit:

  • Use a secure and well-ventilated carrier for small animals.
  • For larger pets, use a pet seatbelt or a secured crate in the backseat of your car.

Schedule Breaks:

  • Plan regular breaks during long journeys to allow your pet to stretch, eat, and relieve themselves.

Bring Familiar Items:

  • Pack familiar items such as their bed, toys, and favorite blanket to provide comfort in the new environment.

Settling into Your New Home

Create a Familiar Space:

  • Set up a designated area with your pet's belongings, creating a familiar and comfortable space.

Gradual Exploration:

  • Allow your pet to explore the new home gradually, one room at a time.
  • Spend quality time with them in each area to reassure them.

Stick to Routine:

  • Maintain your pet's feeding and exercise routine as closely as possible to provide stability.

Contact Big Mike’s Moving & Storage Today

Moving with pets requires thoughtful planning and consideration to ensure their well-being throughout the transition. At Big Mike's Moving & Storage, we understand the importance of a smooth move for every member of your family, including your beloved pets. With these helpful tips and our expert moving services, you can make the moving process as stress-free as possible for your furry companions.

Contact Big Mike's Moving & Storage for a comprehensive moving experience that takes into account the unique needs of your family, including your pets. We serve various areas, including Florida, the Gulf Coast, and out-of-state moves, ensuring a reliable and caring approach to your relocation needs. Let us help you make your move a positive and comfortable experience for both you and your pets.

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