July 20, 2014
Pet Talk – Advice for Pet Parents in Helping Fido Adjust to New Surroundings
Moving with Fido isn’t always a walk in the park. In fact, only 34 percent of renters surveyed by Rent.com said moving with their pets was a positive experience. If you’re moving to a new pet-friendly apartment, here are some tips that can help make the process go smoothly for you and your four legged friends:
Seclude your pet from chaos. Pets can feel vulnerable on moving day. Keep them in a safe, quiet, well-ventilated place, such as the bathroom, on moving day with a “Do Not Disturb! Pets Inside!” sign posted on the door. A light, collapsible travel crate could also be a good safe haven on moving day. Make sure your pet is familiar with the new crate before moving day by gradually introducing him or her to the crate before your trip. Be sure the crate is well-ventilated and sturdy enough for stress-chewers; otherwise, a nervous pet could escape.
Play it safe in the car. While driving, it’s best to travel with your dog in a crate or use a restraining harness as a second choice. Secure the crate or carrier with a seat belt and provide your pet with familiar toys. Never keep Fido in the open bed of a truck or the storage area of a moving van. In any season, a dog left alone in a parked vehicle is vulnerable to injury and theft. If you’ll be using overnight lodging, plan ahead by searching for pet-friendly hotels. Have plenty of toys and pet waste removal bags on hand and keep him on his regular diet and eating schedule to help avoid any accidents.
Get ready for takeoff. When traveling by air, check with the airline about any dog requirements or restrictions to be sure you’ve prepared your pet for a safe trip. Some airlines will allow pets in the cabin, depending on the animal’s size, but you’ll need to purchase a special airline crate that fits under the seat in front of you. Give yourself plenty of time to work out any arrangements necessary including consulting with your veterinarian and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. If traveling is stressful for your pet, consult your veterinarian about ways that might lessen the stress of travel.
Prep your new home ahead of time. Have your pet’s favorite toys, blankets/bed ready to roll out as soon as you move in. Pets yearn for familiarity, as soon as they see their new sleeping spot, surrounded by familiar things and smells, they will instantly feel more settled.
Take time to explore your dog’s new territory. When taking Fido outside for the first time, keep him leashed, allowing him the time to explore his new neighborhood. Your dog should be introduced to the area around your home slowly. It’s a good idea to explore it one block at a time, just to see who else lives in your neighborhood. Strange dogs can pose a threat and cause your pet unnecessary stress.
We wish you a safe and happy move! Share with us: what are your tips for helping Fido Adjust to a new home? Tweet them to us @fethcpetcare