Moving With Your Furry Friends

May is “National Moving Month”. It marks the official beginning of the moving season, a four-month period between Memorial Day and Labor Day when millions of American families relocate. Most of us consider our pets to be members of the family. As a result, every possible measure should be taken to ensure the safety and comfort of all nonhuman family members during the upheaval of a relocation. Moving can be hard on everyone involved: adults, kids, and yes… even your pets! While your pet may not understand exactly what is going on, they can sense the stress that the whole family is experiencing. Add to that the fact that animals are creatures of habit and do not like changes to their usual routine, and you can understand why they become confused. Your pets can also become quite anxious when all of a sudden, they see their human family busily throwing everything around them into boxes. Animals, just like people, can behave rather badly when under stress, so please remember that we need to do all we can to help them feel secure throughout the moving process. Before your moving truck arrives be sure to get your records from the Vetrinarian and ask him or her for a referral to a new vet in the community where you are moving.
Once you have moved try scoping out area dog parks and walking trails that you can enjoy with your pet. Your pet will be king (or queen!) of your new home in no time. IMG_0403