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Advice when moving home with a pet

Mar 01. 2016

Are you moving home? Do you worry about moving your most valued possessions including your pets? Moving can be a worrying time and stressful for your pets who often become used to their own territory. They will need particular care and attention when you move home. But there are a few simple steps you can take to help make your pets feel at home in your new residence.

Before you move make sure your pet has an identity collar tag or have your pet microchipped at the vets with your name and contact number this will help you should your pet get lost during or after the house move. If your pet is already microchipped ensure to update the information with your new address and insurance policy.
Pets can also suffer with travel sickness, if your pet will be travelling some distance it may be advisable to speak with your vet if there is any available medication to make the journey as stress free as possible.

If your dog or cat feels stress around strange people disturbing you at home, you may want to make prior arrangements for your animal to be kept away during your removal. You could ask a family member, friend or even neighbour if they would have your pet.

You may wish to put your pet in to kennels or a cattery for a few days until the move is complete which means you can completely focus on moving.

If they are going to be at home on moving day, make sure cats are already inside during the move as it may be difficult to get them back once the removals are underway. For dogs it is advisable to leave them secure in a single room where it is quiet and they will not be disturbed too much.

Make sure your home is secure and pet friendly when you move in. Check things like garden fencing and gates to ensure your pets such as dogs won’t be able to escape.
Bring things like toys or blankets that will be familiar to your pet in to the new home as soon as possible.

Your pet will need time to adjust to their new surroundings once you have moved in to your new home. Show them their new bed and which rooms they are allowed in your new house.

Try and get back in to a routine as soon as possible this will help your pet adjust.

For removals and more advice on moving your pets please contact Burke Bros on 01902 714555 or email sales@burkebros.co.uk

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