6 Tips for Moving to San Antonio with Cats and Dogs
By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
Tip #1: Have One, Final Vet Visit
Some pets do not like going to the vet, but if you are relocating it is important to be sure your animals get one, last checkup. This is super important if you're moving out of state so that you will need to get a new vet, or if a plane trip will be necessary to get to your destination. Be positive you get the pet’s proof of vaccines, prescriptions, and any other paperwork you are going to require. If you wait until you are a long way away from your vet to get this done, it can be a big, un-called-for pain to add on top of your move.
Tip #2: Board Your Pets (If You Can)
Boarding can be tough for pets who have separation anxiety, but it's many times a feasible answer in the long-run if you are moving to a new residence. If you board your animals for loading day and unloading day then you don't have to worry about them being bothersome, there is zero chance of them running out of the yard, and you aren't constantly keeping track of them. It saves time, worry, and risk, which can help your move go much more calmly.
Tip #3: Preserve as Much Routine as Possible
Our pets appreciate routine, and they can be sensitive to when it changes. Changes in routine might be a threat, so it has a tendency to induce all kinds of extra stress on their part. So, you could try to schedule your move to San Antonio so that it upsets your animals’ routines (as well as your own) as little as possible. Let them get accustomed to what is taking place slowly, and they will respond much better. Additionally, when you move them, be sure you bring the things they know and love with them when you can. Favorite treats and blankets can act like a security blanket, and help your pets stay calmer during the move.
Tip #4: Make Sure Your Pets Are Used to Their Traveling Accommodations
No matter if you have dogs or cats, you don't want to pick them up, throw them in the car, and commence driving one day. You need to take the time to get your animals accustomed to traveling. For example, if you own a cat, place their carrying case on the floor with the door open. Let them get used to it being there, and give them a little while to explore it. If you own a canine, get them familiarized with a crate, or a kennel. Take them on progressively longer car trips, and get them accustomed to being passengers if you can. The more time you can allow getting your pets on-board with moving (even if they're never really going to like it), the smoother things are going to be.
Tip #5: Identification
Make sure and keep identification on your pet all of the time. If the unthinkable happens and your pet ends up lost in the chaos of the move, how else will they find you, their beloved owner? Make sure that their collar fits correctly and that their tag includes a phone number that will not be turned off during the move.
Tip #6: Chill Out... Your Pets Are Watching
Moving is full of stress, there is no two-ways about that. Even if everything goes without a hitch (which it rarely does), you're going to have moments where you just want to lay on the floor and pitch a good, old-fashioned tantrum. No matter how stressful things get, though, it is vital for you to remember that little eyes are watching you, and that you may be scaring them.
Your pets are most likely under a lot of stress from the whole process of moving. New stuff is appearing without explanation, familiar stuff is going out the door, and there are new people arriving all the time. So, take a moment, take a breath, and remember that your pets need you to be calm and reassuring for them. Otherwise it might tip them over the edge of the stress meter.