When you’re planning a move to a new home or apartment, there’s so much to think about! Who’s going to pack up your belongings? Will your new place be ready to move into? Did you forget to turn on the electricity or cable TV at your new residence? Is the water bill still in your name at your old house? What else do you need to do?
Moving can be stressful for you and your family– especially your furry friends like cats and dogs. Here at ANC Movers, we specialize in making every move stress free for your entire family, even cats, dogs, and other pets!
So when you’re moving to a new home or apartment in the Vancouver area, don’t forget about your pets! In today’s post, we’ll talk about how to make your next residential move easy, safe, and stress-free for the animals in your life.
Get Your Pet a Check-Up & Find a New Vet (If Needed)
If you’re moving to a new city (or even just across town), you may need to find a new veterinarian to care for your pet. Even if you don’t, it’s a good idea to schedule a checkup for your pets a month or so before you move. This way, you’ll spot possible illnesses or issues and resolve them outside of the stress of moving day.
Update Your Pet’s Microchip & Collar
Pets are also most likely to get lost soon after you move. Even worse, they may try to go back to their old home.
After you move, make sure to update your pet’s microchip information as soon as possible! This is something your vet can take care of in just a few minutes. Remember, you always want the information on the chip to be accurate, so don’t wait too long to get it updated.
If your pet wears a collar engraved with your address, make sure to update it as well. Someone who finds a pet with an address in another city might get confused and not know what to do if he or she finds your pet!
Clean & Pet-Proof Your New Home
Before you move in, it’s a good idea to have your new home professionally cleaned to eliminate any odors from previous tenants. This can make the transition much less stressful for both cats and dogs.
In addition to cleaning, take the time to get your new home pet-ready. Make sure to measure and install new pet barriers. Remember they should be high enough to keep your dog or cat from jumping or climbing over them. If your new house doesn’t include one and your pet will have access to your yard, install a doggy door. Then check the outside of your home, too and make sure your fences are in good condition. If they’re not buried deep enough, your dog might be able to escape by digging under them!
How To Pet Proof Your Home
Will You Need to Board Your Pet?
Depending on your cat or dog’s temperament, you may want to think about boarding your pet for a day to minimize their chance of getting loose or too stressed out.
There are great doggy day cares in the area and some can even arrange an afternoon playdate for your pooch or feline!
Portland & Vancouver Dog Boarding Resources
Don’t Leave Your Pet In the Car!
Remember– never leave any cat or dog in an enclosed car, even for just a few minutes! Vehicles heat up faster than most people realize and can become dangerously hot even on a cool day. Cracking a window isn’t enough!
If you don’t board your pet, try to find a friend who can help you on moving day by taking your dog for a walk, or watching your pet while your moving company does their work.
Give Your Pet a Tour
Show your pet where their food dish will be and where a cat’s litter box is. Walk them through your home and talk to them in a calming gentle voice. If you’re relaxed, your pet will be, too!
The sooner your pet feels settled into your new home, the happier he or she will be!
Set Aside a Quiet and Safe Space
Once you’ve moved into your new home or apartment, find a quiet place where your dog or cat can relax and de-stress. A spare bathroom or bedroom away from human activity is a great choice.
Put your dog’s crate or cat’s bed in the room along with a few favorite toys and maybe a treat or two. Let your pets come out and explore their new home on their own.
Find A New Dog Park In Your Area
Now it’s time to have fun in your new neighborhood! There are so many awesome dog parks in the Vancouver and Portland area. There’s sure to be one nearby your new home, condo, or apartment! So take your puppy out to enjoy their new neighborhood.
Where To Find a Dog Park Near You
Need Help With a Stress Free Move For People & Pets?
ANC Movers is the most-trusted residential moving company in the Vancouver area. We’re a full-service moving company. We can help you:
- Pack up your belongings
- Move everything to your new home
- Unpack and get settled
- We’ll even assemble your bed, completely free of charge!
If you’re planning a move this summer, contact ANC Movers today for a free, no-obligation quote.