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Prepping Your Pet for a Move to Jacksonville

Cats Exploring Moving Day BoxesFor you and your pet, moving to Jacksonville can be an exciting and stressful experience. That is why it is critical to assist your pet in preparing for the relocation as soon as possible. Even a short distance transfer can disturb your pet’s routine and sense of security, and larger relocation can be especially taxing on your furry family member. To make your pet’s transition as painless as possible, here are some recommendations for getting them ready for the big day.

Plan Ahead

It’s best to start preparing your pet for a move as soon as possible. To ensure a seamless transfer, you’ll need to make a plan and attend to a few critical issues in advance. For instance, ensuring that the information on your pet’s license, tags, and microchip is current. Additionally, scheduling a vet visit ensures that your pet is healthy and that you have any required meds on hand. However, avoid scheduling appointments too soon to the relocation, especially if your pet dislikes going to the vet.

Stick to Routines

Animals are creatures of habit, and they thrive on routine. Moving, especially the weeks leading up to and following it, can be extremely stressful for pets. Keep your typical routine in mind as you start packing for your relocation. This is especially true for dogs, who, if ignored, may develop anxiety or become destructive. Continue to take your walks and offer them meals at the same time every day as much as possible, and make time for play as well.

Introduce Their Crate Early

If your move requires your pet to spend time in a crate or kennel, this can be quite distressing, especially if they do not sleep in a crate on a regular basis. One of the most effective methods of preparing your pet for the relocation is to introduce the crate weeks in advance and let them associate it with positive things. Encourage them to explore the crate, for example, and reward them with sweets when they do. This will help stop your pet from becoming unnecessarily fearful on the big day.

Include Comfort Items

Pets adore the smells and sounds of their own environment. You can bring those sensory toys with you and keep them with your pet to assist them in remaining calm during the transfer. Bring a favorite blanket or pet bed with your pet during the transfer. Additionally, a favorite toy or even a piece of your clothes can be used to reassure a pet during tense times. Additionally, separate your pet’s food, treats, and water and keep them with you prior to, during, and following the transfer.

Create a Safe Space

Once the big day approaches, you may want to consider cordoning off an area specifically for your pet. Because pets can grow agitated and flee during a relocation, it’s best to put them in a quiet room or enclosed yard. Additionally, you may like to inquire whether a friend or family member could care for your pet throughout the transfer to alleviate any stress or confusion. By providing a safe haven for your pet throughout the move, you may assist in alleviating their stress while also keeping them out of harm’s way.


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