Moving Can Affect Each Pet Differently

family moving with pets

Moving can be very stressful for both dogs and people! Each dog is different so it can also depend on each animal.

Anxious Dog?

If your dog is generally anxious, moving will increase their anxiety. Talk to your pet’s veterinarian for a mild anti-anxiety medication such as Trazadone or Xanax. Your pet may also benefit from a thunder shirt or pheromone collar.

Anxious Horse?

Hire a professional horse mover/trailer to help with the process. They will have the experience and knowledge to make it an easier process for both the horse and you.

General Tips For Moving With Pets

  • Routine – Keep a regular routine as much as possible.
  • Get in Walks – Make sure your still setting time aside for regular walks to burn off excess energy and calm anxiety.
  • Manage Your Stress – Make sure your own stress is managed so you don’t add to theirs.
  • Visit the New Home – Go to the new home as much as possible to familiarize your pet with the environment.
    • Go to the new home before moving boxes in so your dog has a chance to sniff around or play in the backyard.
    • Bring high value treats to the new home as well to make it a positive experience.

Will Your Move Involve Flying?

Try to keep your dog’s anxiety as low as possible. Remember, slow is fast and fast is slow so we always recommend taking your time with your pet and not rushing things.

  • Start crate training your dog as soon as possible.
  • You may need to sedate your dog. It is helpful to have your dog try the medication before your flight with ample time to see how your dog reacts to it. If everything goes well remember to administer to your dogs before and after the flight.
  • Check out what airline is best for carrying animals
  • In order to help calm your dog, try CBD or an anti-anxiety medication prescribed by your dog’s veterinarian.
  • You can also try pheromone spray, pheromone collar or essential oils that are okay for dogs such as Young Living Essential Oils T-Away!
  • Another great option is to try playing calming music such as “Through A Dogs Ear”. These days, you can find calming music on YouTube at no cost.