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Make Moving House with Your Pet Stress-Free
As summer looms so does the most popular period for moving house. The phrase ‘moving house’ will more than likely kick off a thought process in the majority of people’s head and these words will probably spring to mind, ‘pandemonium’, ‘stress’, ‘upheaval’. It can be a very emotional time for the whole family and that includes those four-legged members, as vets in Sussex as well as up and down the country know all too well.
Dogs are very receptive creatures and moving home can have just as much impact on animals. As our Horsham veterinary practice sees all the time, they become very attached to their own familiar territory and are extremely sensitive to new environments. They will also be able to pick up on their owner’s stress levels so it is important to try and remain as calm as possible during the moving process, for both yourself and your dog.
Benefits of using plug-in devices
It may seem mind-boggling when you’re in the throes of packing up your belongings but preparation really is the key. Plug-in devices such as DAP can be useful leading up to the move to create a calming sensation for dogs. Here at Arthur Lodge vets, we can advise you on the best mechanism.
It can also be a good idea to look into the possibility of taking your dog right out of the equation whilst the hustle and bustle of the actual moving process is on-going, be that a stay at a kennel or with a family friend. However, if you do choose the latter option, make sure it is someone that your dog knows well and will feel comfortable being around so as to alleviate any extra anxiety.
Update your details
As if there wasn’t enough to think about where changing address is concerned, when moving with pets, you need to remember to update your details on their collar and microchip. Any veterinary surgery will be able to help you with this, which leads to the most important point. If you have moved a fair distance, register with a new veterinary practice as soon as possible so that you can give your pet a check-up if you have any concerns.
Allow them adjust to their new environment
After move-in day has been and gone, try to avoid leaving doors open which they could try and escape through should they panic at any point. Keep your dog in for a few days so that they become familiar with their surroundings. However, after a day or two have passed, it is advisable to take your dog for a walk so that they have a chance to get used to their new surroundings. At Arthur Lodge vets, as with all vets in West Sussex and beyond, we can suggest good dog walking routes in the local area.
Comfort and reassurance is key to their happiness
Moving house is an adjustment and the same applies to a vet practice, if you have had to change your veterinary surgery during the move; a visit to the vets is never fun for dogs and a different vet surgery may confuse and agitate them. Make sure you keep their favourite toys at hand to maintain some familiarity. Comfort really is the key – offer lots of reassurance and the move should run smoothly for everybody.