Tips for Moving to Denver with Cats and Dogs

Moving with petsBy Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group

As professional movers in Denver, we recognize that moving your household can be a rough process, 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 items you need to do to make the moving process easier on them, and on yourself to Denver.

Have One, Final Vet Visit

Some pets do not relish in visits to the vet, but if you are relocating it is crucial to be sure your animals get one, final checkup. This is super vital if you are moving far enough away that you'll need to get 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 wait until you're too far from your vet to get this done, it can be a huge, unwanted pain in addition to your move.

Board Your Pets for Moving Day

Boarding might be rough on pets 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 in the way, there is no chance of them running away, and you aren't constantly keeping track of them. It saves time, stress, and risk, which can help your move go much more calmly.

Preserve as Much Routine as Possible

Our pets appreciate routine, and they could be unsure 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 schedule your move to Denver so that it disrupts your pets' routines (as well as your own) as little as possible. Let them get used to what is happening a little at a time, and they will react much better. Also, when you move them, be sure you bring their belongings with them when you can. Favorite toys and blankets can act like a security blanket, and help your pets stay calmer during the process.

Make Sure Your Pets Are Comfortable With Their Traveling Accommodations

Regardless if 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 cats and dogs 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 accustomed to 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 simpler things are going to be.

Identification

Make certain and keep identification on your pet all of the time. If the unthinkable takes place and your pet ends up lost in the shuffle 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. Getting your pet microchipped is a great idea, as also

Chill Out... Your Pets Are Watching

Moving is an anxious time, there is no doubt about that. Even if everything goes perfectly (which it rarely does), you're going to have moments where you just want to lay on the floor and throw a good, old-fashioned tantrum. No matter how crazy things get, though, it's important for you to not forget that little eyes are taking it all in, and that you might be startling them.

Your furry family members 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, count to 10, take a breath, and remember that your furry family members need you to be calm and reassuring for them. Otherwise it might tip them over the edge of the stress meter.

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