Moving? Don’t forget about your pets!

Moving a few kilometres or across the country can be a stressful experience for everyone in the family, including your pet. Along with your vet, your REALTOR® can offer helpful advice that will make the progress a smooth one. Before the Move Similar to humans, pets have their own habits, so it’s important to maintain your animal’s routine prior to and after the move. Since animals easily get underfoot, restrict them to a quiet room, preferably one that is empty and away from all the commotion of the move. Ensure that your pet is also wearing proper identification with their new contact information. Transporting If you are moving only a short distance to your new household, it best to transport your pet in a crate. Cats in particular, are highly attached to their territories and movement away from a secure base is difficult for them. If your cat is not used to being in a crate, putting a few treats or toys and bedding in the crate will help to make it a more positive experience. Contrary to your feline friend, dogs have little if any trouble adjusting to a car journey, long or short. Ensure they are secured with a harness, or confined in such as way as to not distract the driver. Regular rest breaks that include a short walk and water will make the trip less stressful for your pet. In the case of travel by air, give yourself ample time to research airline regulations. Pet proofed? Take a good look around your new home. Dog and cats are very curious creatures. Consider all the factors involved when child-proofing a home and apply these same principles to keep your pet safe. Place dangling wires from lamps, VCRs, televisions, stereos, and telephones out of reach and move all chemicals and cleaners to high shelves or behind secure doors. Home sweet home Once the move is complete, it is important to reestablish routines with your pet. Allow your animals to freely roam through their new environment so that they become familiar with their new home. Moving with pets presents some unique challenges of its own. Your REALTOR® can be a great resource for helping you to minimize the stress of a move for all family members, even the four-footed ones. About the Author Contributed by: Nova Scotia Association of REALTORS®