Friday, September 22, 2017

5 Tips for Moving with Pets

Moving is challenging enough with a spouse and kids, even just on your own! But add a pet into the mix and you may have even more challenges than anticipated. While it can add another element of challenge, moving with your pets doesn’t have to be a bad experience. The MacGuire Team knows how important your furry friends are, so we have a few ideas to help you when it comes to moving to Colorado Springs with your pet. After all … Colorado Springs is known for being VERY pet-friendly!

Start An Overnight Kit

Gather all of the items that your pet will need for the first few days at the new house, as well as for the travel time to get from point A to point B. You’ll want to include dog food, kitty litter, toys, and grooming tools. Don’t forget any medication or vitamins that your pet will need as well.

Call Your Vet

If you’re moving far out of the area (or to another state) you’ll want to contact your vet and get all of your pet’s records to take with you, along with any prescription medications that your pet will need. You can also check with your vet and see if they have any recommendations for a new vet to connect with in your new hometown.

The Big Day

When you are encountering the moving day, it’s important to think about your furry friend and make plans for them. The easiest thing would be to find a friend’s house for them to go to, or take them to the Puppy Sitter. If that’s not an option, though, you’ll want to keep them out of the way. Not because it will be easier for you, but because it will help reduce their stress. Moving can be really hard on your pet. Clear out a room or level of your home to keep them, and make sure it’s gated off or have the door closed. Put plenty of food and water in there, along with their favorite toys, blankets, bedding, or anything that will make them comfortable. Be sure that you also take your pet out for regular walks and bathroom breaks, too!

Make Plans For After You’ve Arrived

It’s important to not let your pet out of the car without being in their kennel or on a leash. It’s easy for them to get disoriented in a new location, and losing them is a huge risk. Once they are in the home, it’s important to keep them there for a while and let them get acclimated. Even if you have a fenced in back yard, you’ll want to make sure there is no way for them to get out, and keep them supervised at all times. If you have a cat, you may want to consider making this a permanent transition to the indoors. Many cat owners are opting for having their pets staying indoors full time for safety reasons, so this could be a great time to start that.

Moving With Birds, Fish, or Guinea Pigs

If you have something other than the typical cat or dog, you may want to talk to your vet about safety in moving them. Fish and guinea pigs are very susceptible to new environments, so if you will be moving them, you’ll have to pay very close attention to them. Honestly, if you can find a new home with a friend or family member, it may be a better option. Birds on the other hand are very well known to fly the coop during a move. Even if you think that your bird will stay on your shoulder the entire time - don’t do it. Put them in their cage and make them wait until you get to your new home and make sure all windows and doors are closed.

Moving to Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs is such a wonderful place to live, and like we already mentioned, it’s VERY pet-friendly! If you are looking for a new house in Colorado Springs, we would be honored if you chose the most trusted real estate agents in Colorado Springs to help you with your purchase. Moving is hard enough, let’s help you make the buying process simple!

Mike MacGuire
Colorado Springs Real Estate Agent
The MacGuire Team
6760 Corporate Dr
Ste 300
Colorado Springs, CO 80919

719-536-4324 or 719-660-6793


Mike@BuyWithMike.com

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