6 Tips for Moving to Denver with Cats and Dogs07/08/2018By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group Moving your household can be a rough thing, and it only gets harder if you have four-legged friends who are coming with you to Denver. If you own dogs, cats, or both, then here are a couple, basic tasks you should do to help them through the moving process to Denver. Tip #1: Have One, Final Vet Visit Some pets do not enjoy visits to the vet, but if you are relocating it is imperative to be sure your animals get one, final checkup. This is very vital if you are moving far enough away that you'll need to look for a new veterinarian, or if an airplane trip will be required to get to your new home state. Be positive you get proof of vaccinations, medications, and any other paperwork you are going to need. If you procrastinate until you're far away from your vet to get this done, it can be a huge, unnecessary pain in addition to your move. Tip #2: Board Your Pets (If You Can) Boarding may be rough on furry family members who have separation anxiety, but it's lots of times a better answer in the long-run if you are moving to a new home. If you board your animals for moving day then you do not have to fret about them being bothersome, there is zero chance of them running away, and you aren't constantly looking to see where they are. It saves time, stress, and risk, which can help your move go much more calmly. Tip #3: Preserve as Much Routine as Possible Our pets appreciate routine, and they can be nervous when it changes. Changes in routine could be viewed as a threat, so it tends to induce all kinds of extra stress on your pet’s part. So, you should attempt to plan your move to Denver so that it disrupts your furry family members’ routines (as well as your own) as little as possible. Let them get used to what is happening gradually, and they will react much better. Also, when you move them, be sure you bring familiarity with them when you can. Favorite toys and pillows can act like a security blanket, and help your pets stay calmer during the process. Tip #4: Make Sure Your Pets Are Comfortable With Their Traveling Accommodations Whether you own dogs or cats, you don't want to scoop them up, throw them in the car, and start driving one day. You must take the time to get your animals used to traveling. For example, if you have a cat, place their crate on the floor with the door open. Let them get accustomed to it being there, and allow them a little while to explore it. If you have a canine, get them familiarized with a crate, or a kennel. Take them on progressively longer car trips, and get them familiarized with being passengers if you can. The more time you can take getting your pets on-board with moving (even if they are not ever really going to like it), the smoother things are going to be. Tip #5: Identification Make certain and keep identification on your animals all of the time. If the unthinkable takes place and your pet is lost in the craziness of the move, how else will they find their way to your new home? Make sure that their collar fits correctly and that their tag includes a phone number that will not be turned off during the move. Tip #6: Chill Out... Your Pets Are Watching Moving is stressful, there is no doubt about that. Even if everything goes swimmingly (which it rarely does), you're going to have times where you just want to lay on the floor and throw a good, old-fashioned temper tantrum. No matter how insane things get, though, it's crucial for you to not forget that little eyes are taking it all in, and that you might be alarming them. Your furry friends are already under a lot of stress from the whole process of moving. New stuff is appearing without explanation, familiar things are going out the door, and there are strangers showing up all the time. So, take a moment, take a breath, and remember that your pets need you to be calm and reassuring for them. Otherwise it might tip them over the edge of the stress meter.