Moving can be an incredibly stressful experience for any individual, whether it is a local, regional, or international move, and while this process can produce a tremendous amount of stress on individuals, and families, our pets are also susceptible! If you are moving with a family it can be hectic to make sure that everyone is comfortable with the move, and it is far too easy to lose sight of our furry companions and their wellbeing. This blog will highlight some important tips and tricks to help make the move seamless and (almost) stress-free. Before The Move: Prep Your Pets Depending on your pet, there are a few tips and tricks that can help get your pet acclimated to a new home and neighborhood, below we will cover some tips for Cats & Dogs as the adjustment period can be stressful on the animals as they are territory oriented. Cats: Help get your cat acclimated to a new move by introducing her to a cat carrier, this can be done by leaving the carrier open with a blanket and treats. This window can give your cat the opportunity to adjust to the crate, but also serves as a less stressful transfer when it comes time to put kitty in her carriage! Dogs: Prior to moving, it can be beneficial to take your dog on frequent walks around the new neighborhood if it is a local move. If it is a regional move it is advised to include your pet in the moving process by allowing your dog to observe the changes as well as investigating boxes. This can help get your dog ready for change when moving day arrives. Prepare An Overnight Bag Much like you would prepare an overnight bag for a small child, preparing and easily accessible bag for your pet can help to alleviate & reduce their stress levels. Depending on the pet your specific needs may change based on their level of needs. Some items might include pet food, litter, toys, and grooming accessories to keep your pet comfortable. Consult Your Vet Before moving out of the area, consult your vet so that you can collect any records or information that will be relevant to their new caretaker. This is important to do prior to moving, as requesting paperwork post move can take longer, and potentially delay any important checkups. Moving Day: Keep Your Pet By Your Side! Whether you are moving on your own or using a professional moving company, this is probably going to be the most stressful part of the trip for your furry companion. To ensure a smooth transition bring your pet in your vehicle so that even if the experience is stressful, knowing they are close to their owners can help console and keep their stress levels at bay. Post Move: Update Your Pets Information While this might seem like an easy task, when all is said and done and you’ve finally settled into your new home you may realize that the list of to-do’s has multiplied and now poor fluffy has outdated information in the event she gets lost in unfamiliar surroundings. Getting your pet’s collar and a microchip updated is important after any move to a new or location that your pets are not familiar with. Let professionals help you No matter the time of the year, a professional moving company will always be prepared to safely facilitate your relocation! Our commitment to service and “doing the right thing” are not just clichés at Gallo Moving & Storage — they are what we live by. If you’re moving for the first time, don’t hesitate to reach out to our award-winning moving specialists at Gallo Moving & Storage. We want you to have the best experience possible. Contact Gallo Moving & Storage today – get your free estimate online, through our mobile app, or call us directly at 866-697-4400! If you are interested in learning more about the packing, moving, and storage services we have available, contact Gallo Moving & Storage today!