Moving can be stressful for everyone, including your pet

Whether you are moving just around the corner, or to somewhere completely different, it can be quite a disruptive experience for the people – and pets – involved.

“For our pets, this heightened stress can lead to anxiety and a general feeling of insecurity. So it’s important for pet owners to prepare well in advance for their pets, take it slowly and be patient with your pet.”, says Nadia Crichton from Pet Insurance Australia.

The stress associated with a move may result in some unusual behaviour in your pets. According to Dr Helen Harvey from Greencross Vets:

  • For dogs – it may include trying to escape, barking, digging, hiding or being destructive
  • For cats – excessive grooming or fur pulling

If you are concerned about any new behaviours your pet might display after you move, always seek advice from your vet.

Here are some handy tips to help minimise stress and make your pet’s adjustment to their new environment as smooth as possible.

Things to do BEFORE moving

  • Update details on your pets microchip and tags as soon as possible
  • Make sure vaccinations are all up to date
  • Locate your closest emergency vet at the new location, just in case
  • Double check fences at the new place are secure

Consider leaving your pets somewhere else on moving day, such as with a friend or relative, to keep them from underfoot and reduce their anxiety.

When at your new home with your pet

  • Introduce them to their new home slowly
  • Stick to their routine, such as feeding and walk times
  • Spend as much time with your pet as possible to reassure them
  • If possible, try not to leave them alone in their new home for too long
  • Take your dog for a walk around the streets as soon as you can
  • Confine cats to indoors for at least 3 weeks after the move

Get to know your new neighbours and ask them to let you know if your dog is creating any disturbances while you are out.

We hope these tips help and wish you luck with your move!