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Part of your move-day planning should be about what your pet will do while you’re moving out of your old home and into your new one. If possible, it’s a good idea to get a friend or family member to watch your pet while you’re moving your belongings and furniture. This is often much easier while moving out of your old home, as you may not know anyone yet in your new location.
If you have kids—and they’re old and responsible enough—you can assign one of them to “pet duty”. Not only will this help with your pet, but it will give your kids something to do during the move. Make sure your pets are eating when they should be, being walked, and aren’t getting in the way of movers.
Once you’re ready to bring your pet into your new home, it may take a while for them to get used to their new surroundings. It’s a good idea to keep something familiar on hand, like bedding or furniture. This can be comforting to your pet. Keep a regular schedule in the early days after your move, and pay special attention to walks and bathroom breaks for dogs.
No matter what type of pet you’re moving with, planning is crucial. Take everything in this guide into consideration and you’ll be taking steps towards making moving less stressful for your pet, and therefore less stressful for you.