Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area Moving Company Offers Tips on Moving with Pets
04/07/2015

When preparing to move into a new home, Unified Moving Services says it is important that pet owners take steps to ensure that their pet’s move is stress free.

Online PR News – 07-April-2015 – Hyattsville, Maryland – According to Gary Stone, president of Unified Moving Services (http://www.unifiedmovingservices.com), a Maryland-based full-service moving company that specializes in both residential and commercial moves in the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area, for pet owners planning a move, it is important to follow certain guidelines to ensure that a pet’s move is free of stress.

“It is no secret that moving can be one of the most stressful events in a person’s life,” Stone explains. “Anyone who has moved knows that it requires planning, preparation, and a tremendous amount of hard work, to make that move.”

Stone notes that a big move can disrupt familiar daily routines, which is precisely what behavioral health scientists believe creates all the stress of moving in the first place and it turns out, he says, that humans are not the only animals who thrive on routines.

“It is not uncommon for pets to get stressed out as the result of a move,” Stone explains. “Both cats and dogs can suffer from separation anxiety and do things like have an accident in the house, flee your new home in search of their old home, or maybe even begin behaving badly."

According to Stone, when moving with your pet, it is important to keep things as simple and relaxed as possible. This will go a long way, he says, in preventing bad pet behavior. He says that while you’re getting everything boxed up and ready to go, consider how to make the transition as smooth and orderly as possible with these essential tips to reduce pet stress when moving:

Moving with a Dog

1. Bring your Dog Along!
If possible, visit your new home with your dog before move-in day. Explore the rooms, yard, and neighborhood together and, of course, remember to bring a leash. If you are moving far away and wondering how to ship a dog across the country or overseas, check with your airline travel pet policy or look online to find a pet transportation service such to handle the logistics of shipping pets.

2. Perform a Pet Safety Check

Perform a pet safety check in your new home. Ask the following questions:

Is your fence/gate secure?
Are there poisonous plants in the yard?
Are there larger aggressive dogs in the neighborhood?
During and after the move, also be sure things like bubble wrap, moving tape, and other tempting chewable items are properly put away and out of his reach.

3. Be Calm and Remain Consistent
It is important to remain calm and consistent with your dog for the first several days and be sure to go for walks regularly. The Humane Society recommends rewarding your dog with pinky-sized treats and praise him often for good behavior, but don’t punish him for bad behavior, which can cause unwarranted stress.

Moving with a Cat

1. Confinement is Key
Confinement is the key to moving a cat. At least for the first several days, set up a “safe room” before the movers arrive. An extra bedroom or bathroom will suffice. Just be sure to tape a big note that say’s “Don’t Let the Cat Out!” on the door. Place the litter box, cat bed, food, water, and a few favorite toys in with your cat.

2. Make Time for Cuddles
After things have calmed down, make time for kitty cuddling. Let the cat explore the inside of your new home on its own terms. Keep in mind that, just like humans, relocating is often more difficult for an older, or senior, cat than it is for a younger cat.

3. Keep the Outdoor Cat Indoors
Keep an outdoor or free-roaming kitty indoors for the first couple of weeks before accompanying the cat on a leash and harness to the backyard. Do this several times before finally letting the cat out of the house alone.

Things can get a little crazy when moving, but the first responsibility that comes with pet ownership is keeping our furry friends safe and ensuring that they settle into your new space with as little stress as possible.

Be sure that your pet’s ID tags or other types ID are updated with your current phone number and new address information before the big moving day arrives.

Unified Moving Services is a full service moving company in Hyattsville, Maryland, that specializes in commercial, residential, local, interstate and international moves. Through an organized team of office staff, movers and a well established name and reputation Unified Moving Services has provided services to thousands of satisfied customers across the country and around the world. For more information call toll-free at 1-800-406-1649 or visit them on the web at http://www.unifiedmovingservices.com/.

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