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Relocating With Pets: Tips for First-Time Movers

If you’re moving for the first time, as exciting as it is, it can also be quite stressful. There’s so much to plan for and box up. There are movers to call and U-HAULs to rent. That’s assuming that...

If you’re moving for the first time, as exciting as it is, it can also be quite stressful. There’s so much to plan for and box up. There are movers to call and U-HAULs to rent. That’s assuming that you’ve even bought your new home. In other words, there are a lot of moving pieces to orchestrate. While planning for all of this, it’s important to keep your four-legged family members in mind. Moving is hard enough on people, it can be very jarring and confusing for your pets. Here are a few tips for moving with your pet that will help make the transition as easy as possible.

Buy with your pet in mind

First things first, you need to buy a home with your pet in mind. If you’re looking for a change of scenery that has a lot of activities to do with outdoor pets, search for “land for sale North Carolina” online. North Carolina has so many beautiful, outdoor trails to hike. Your dog will love that a whole day of adventuring is just a short car ride away. Ashe County Real Estate, which focuses on log homes and mountain land, will be able to find the perfect place for you and your pooch. With over thirty years of experience, they can answer all of your questions and address your specific home needs. They cover real estate in the counties of Ashe, Alleghany, Watauga, and Grayson, which means you’ll have a lot of great homes and land to choose from.

Stay relaxed and ready to move

Finding ways to keep your pet calm and healthy throughout this process is probably the biggest component of moving with a pet. You can do behavioral things to help like staying calm yourself while packing, packing slowing, and maybe even sending them to stay with a friend or family member while you pack. Your pet gets a lot of emotional cues from you, so take the high road when you can.

You may also want to try a supplement in their diet, like Pet Relief CBD Oil. SeraPets Pet Relief CBD Oil contains organically harvested CBD hemp extract, nutrients, and good proteins/fatty acids. All of these ingredients are believed to help with overall health and may reduce your pet’s stress level. As with anything you introduce into your pet’s diet, make sure you discuss this with your veterinarian. This product contains less than the legal amount of THC and won’t have any psychoactive effects on your pet. Pay special attention to dosage, especially if your pet is less than twenty-five pounds. You’ll definitely want to use a half dropper to measure out this supplement if your pet is small.

Safety first

The actual act of moving is a safety concern for pets if they aren’t stowed properly in your car. For all pets, you will want to keep them in the backseat of your vehicle. Your dog should be buckled up— just like you are—with a restraint harness. Cats should be in their carriers, and the carriers should then be buckled up, so your precious cargo doesn’t get jostled.

If you’re moving a long distance and are planning to travel by plane, try to make sure your pet is in the cabin with you, if at all possible. It ensures their safety and there’s no risk of you getting separated. Traveling by plane should be discussed with your vet, especially if your pet is a short-nosed breed because they run a higher risk of death while flying.

Remember teeny, tiny furry friends

Don’t forget about your tiny friends! Make sure they’re comfortable and in safe carriers that are buckled in as well. Make sure you can easily regulate the temperature, so they don’t get overheated and drafty. Hamsters and guinea pigs are particularly vulnerable to temperature. Consider giving them ice cubes in their food bowls, so that their water doesn’t saturate their bedding, but they’ll still have something to drink.

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