Moving day for your pet
The days leading up to and immediately after your move can be stressful for everyone in the household, including your pet. All your pet has known and become familiar with, in terms of household objects and smells, changes dramatically and it is not surprising that some pets become stressed when moving house, with dogs and cats being most affected.
You may wish to consider placing your pet in a boarding kennel or a family/friends home for the duration of the move, which has the advantage of keeping them safe and stress-free while allowing you to attend to the details of the move. Once safely settled into your new home, with everything unpacked, collect your pet and dedicate the time needed to settle them into the new environment.
Settling your pet into a new home
When settling into your new home, remember that this will be a big change for your pet, so try to keep as much of the same routine as you can. If your pet has a specific time that they usually eat then try to keep this the same. Place familiar bedding and toys around your new home so that they are surrounded by familiar smells and, if you have a dog, try to walk them around the same time that you would usually.
For dogs, it’s a good idea to slowly reintroduce them to being left on their own in your new home. With all the changes in their environment, they may find it hard to adjust in the beginning. Given time and patience, they will get back into their usual routine.
The important/legal bits
There are things that you will need to consider from a legal perspective if you are moving with your dog.
- You will need to update your dog’s pet tag/ID tag to include your full name and new address. It is also recommended that you include your number, though this isn’t a legal requirement.
- Be sure to update your dog’s microchip details with your new address – remember that this is now compulsory for all dog owners
Saying goodbye to your pet
Parting with a pet can be a sad and difficult experience. Pets can help us in so many ways, from calming and supporting us, to comforting us and making us smile and laugh. They really are part of the family.
However, for those couples who have had to go through a breakup it can be a double blow to face the devastation of not only losing a partner but a much loved pet.
Sometimes it helps to share feelings of loss with someone who will listen with compassion and without judgement, and our Pet Bereavement Support Service can help you through this difficult time. Find out more about how our Pet Bereavement Support Service can support you through separating from your pet here.