Do you have a pet and are planning a move? Whether you are moving into a new Austin home or are leaving the area, there are a few things you should keep in mind to make a smoother transition for both of you.
Before the Move
Take the time to contact your veterinarian’s office. If you are moving far enough away that you will no longer need their services, ask for a copy of your pet’s records. Make sure your canine’s vaccinations are up to date and find out if there is a written schedule of when they are next due. If the move is local, make sure you update your new address and contact information.
Stock up on at least 2 weeks worth of pet food. In the event that your present brand of food is not available in the new area, you will be able to make a slow change-over to the new brand. This will likely prevent an upset stomach.
Have a new ID tag made with your new address. In the event that something goes wrong during the move or upon your arrival, anyone finding your pet will be able to reunite you.
The day of the move, try to vacate cats, dogs and other pets that have free roam of the home before the movers come. This will prevent your pet from becoming excited or scared when strangers arrive or furniture is moved out.
Be sure to stop for rest breaks when traveling by car for more than an hour. If you are flying, check with the airline to see if you can bring your pet on board. If not, find out what accommodations can be made for safe travel. Bring your pet’s favorite blanket or toy along for the ride. Carry sufficient food and water.
After the Move
A new home can be an adjustment for everyone, especially your pet. Set up all of your pet’s items as quickly as possible. This will create a feeling of security and have a calming effect.
Before giving your pet free reign of your new home, be sure to check it out for safety hazards. There may be small crevices or gaps that your little one might want to crawl into or check out. Be aware of slippery spots on the floor and consider carpeting or area rugs so your pet does not get hurt.
Find a new veterinarian as soon as possible, just in case of emergency. Some vets only give after-hours care to current patients. Ask your former vet or a new neighbor for a recommendation.
When you are moving into your new home, try to have the furniture moved in before your pet or put them into temporary seclusion. Use a baby gate or crate to separate them from movers or the hazards of stacked boxes and disorganization.
Find out if your pet must be registered in your town. If you are buying a home for sale in Austin, keep in mind that dogs do not need a license, but you can register your pet for a small fee.