Kathy Henne: When the Fur Flies


By Kathy Henne

We all know how stressful a move can be, but if pets are part of your family, there may be an added level of anxiety. Many real estate agents have practical knowledge from working with families with pets, and experience has proven that there are some simple steps you can take to alleviate the stress on your four-footed friends.

First be sure that your pets are wearing current tags. It’s wisest to have your cell phone number with area code as part of the tag’s information, so that you can be reached in a pet emergency.

Have a reasonable supply of any medications and food, so that you’re prepared during travel and upon arrival. Before you move, do some research in your new area to locate a new veterinarian or ask your current vet for a referral. Be sure to pick up copies of your pets’ current vet records so they’ll be ready to transfer.

When moving day arrives, seclude your pet from the chaos in a quiet room with a “Do Not Disturb — Pets Inside” sign on the door. In your new home, be sure to immediately set out all your pet’s cherished belongings, like favorite toys, bowls and bedding.

As we all know, pets keenly perceive emotions. Taking a few steps to be prepared will help reduce your anxiety, and your pet will hopefully follow suit. Consult with your veterinarian for other excellent moving day advice.

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