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Animal escapades; how to avoid a moving day drama

Dec 19. 2016

We understand that moving day can be stressful in a myriad of ways, none more so than if you’re moving pets with you. It’s of vital importance to maintain their welfare during your relocation and this will involve particular care and attention when you move home.

Identity: It is standard practice to have dogs and cats micro-chipped and this is of particular priority if you’re moving home. If your pet is already microchipped ensure to update the information with your new address.

Unsettled: Animals are unlikely to react well to having their territory disturbed, therefore you may want to arrange for your pet to be kept away during the removal. It is often less stressful if a family member, friend or neighbour takes care of the animal for the day. Alternatively, you may prefer calling on the services of a kennel or a cattery.

Travelling: Animals can often suffer with travel sickness. If your move involves travelling some distance it may be worth consulting a vet to ensure if they are able to prescribe medication to reduce these symptoms.

Familiarity: It will be highly beneficial to bring items that are familiar to your pet with you to the new property. Bring their toys and bedding with you and install them as soon as you can. The familiar smells of them will ease your pet’s anxieties. Equally, if you are able to return to a routine quickly; this will also help to settle your pet into the new environment.

Escapees: In particular, if you are moving cats, don’t leave it until the last minute to catch them. The commotion of the removal van etc can often cause cats to scarper from the site and it may be difficult to catch them again. Also ensure that your new property is as secure and pet friendly as you can before your pets arrive on site. Holes in fence panels and un-secured gates can cause enormous problems with pets if they aren’t addressed quickly enough.

For further information on our removal services please contact Burke Bros Moving Group on 01902 714555 or email sales@burkebros.co.uk

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