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How to Make a Move With Your Pet Safe and Anxiety-Free
When we decide to move to a new home, we often get wrapped up in what we need to do in order to prepare for the exciting transition, but we rarely consider the thoughts and feelings of our pets. Your furry friend does so much for you, so it is only fair that you think about how you can move them safely without causing unneeded anxiety. Here at Ocala Screen and Patio, we know how important it is to find the perfect home for you and your pet, so we have some advice on how to find a suitable property and make the move as smooth as possible.
Finding the Perfect Home
Once you decide to move, you will want to find a home that suits your desires and the needs of your pet. For starters, when looking at potential cities, do your research and make sure that there is a veterinarian in the area who can care for your pet when the time comes. Once you are good with that, you can start to look at specific properties and determine if they have what you need.
For instance, if you have a dog that loves to run around the yard, then you will want to find a house that either has a large yard or a suitable dog park nearby. If you rather keep them at home then verify that any property on your shortlist has a strong and well-maintained fence around the perimeter to keep them safe. If you have a cat or other pet that likes to roam outside but you want to keep them close, then consider finding a home with a screened-in porch or have Ocala Screen and Patio install a new one.
When you are looking at suitable neighborhoods, you should also check the rules of the local homeowners association. Some HOAs will restrict the type of pets you can have and you will want to respect those guidelines.
The Moving Process
Once you have chosen your new home, you will want to ensure that your pet is safe and happy while you are running around during the moving process. You will want to consider everything that could trigger your pet, including the weather. If you are moving during a particularly hot month or your pup typically runs hot, then you may want to buy a cooling mat that they can rest on when needed so they can adequately cool down.
It is also a good idea to move all of your belongings before you move your pet. Keep them comfortable in their room with blankets, toys, and their bed so they can be happy while you get all of the other boxes out of your home. That way, they aren’t running loose and they can stay in an environment that they are used to for as long as possible.
Help Them Adjust to the New Home
While keeping your pets safe during the move is important, so is ensuring that they can properly adjust to the new home. Before you transport them to the new property, you might consider setting up your pet’s room in the same way that they had it in the last place, with all the toys and comforts that they love. That way it isn’t as jarring when they are in a new home.
If you can, consider staying home for a few days after the move so you can be a companion to your pet. That way, they won’t feel scared and afraid while in the new environment alone and you can comfort them as needed. While you’re at home, consider getting your pet out for plenty of exercise so they can feel good and adequately scope out the new neighborhood.
In the end, while your pet will likely have some sort of anxiety during the move, the tips above should help them adjust as well as possible. If you have more questions about screen porch installation or repair, then contact Ocala Screen and Patio at the form here.