I trust you are staying cool in this summer heat.
Next time you are at Target, WalMart, Lowes, True Value, Home Depot or Big Lot. Pick up one of those plastic kiddy pools and take it on over to your local shelter. When it is hot as it is here in the summer many shelter companions (mostly the canine sort) will sit in them to cool down. These kiddy pools are cheap and can do a lot of good. Just a thought
My friend Lucas is moving soon into his new home. Moving can be a stress event for Pet companions. I wanted to share some tips on ways to keep your pet companions safe and healthy during a move
If you are moving from an apartment to a home or Condo and you have a dog Bring them along to see the house that you have decided to purchase. Show them their new digs and let them sniff around the back yard.(keep them on a leash if the yard isn’t completely secure. This is a chance for Puppers to get comfortable with his new digs. Talk to your dog, use re-assuring happy tones. Get them excited about the new place. Bring them back as often as possible before moving day so they become familiar with the place. If you plan to have them stay in a certain room on moving day, this will give you the chance to get it prepared.
Moving day can be extremely stressful to us pets even if we have already been to the new place for a look-see. Before you move your furniture or clothes or any other belongings, the most important thing to move is us your pet companions. For us cat companions you should have us all set up. So that we are nice and comfy darlink’s. Comfy equals not stressed. This means you have us in a safe secure place with food, water, litter box, and scratching post. I would also recommend Cat nip. Ohh darlink’s I just adore cat nip. It’s Grass for cat’s darlink. It make’s every thing much more pleasant. Anywho darlink’s I digress. But you get my point. Keep kitty secure happy and away from the move. Make sure everyone knows to leave kitty be but check on them and spend time with them through out the days move.
Taking care of Puppers’s needs can be a bit more complicated. Some dogs like my friend Lucas are natural pacers and Moves can be very stressful. They want to know and be a part of everything that is going on. They need to have a front row seat. They are happiest when they are your little (or big) navigator. That is fine but you also need to make sure that 1. they are on a leash and restrained while you are driving. 2.When you are loading up Items they need to have a space they can stay in while you load and unload, that is not the vehicle. If you should have to stop and say get gas or snacks they remain secure in their seat as you fill up(when you have your pet with you always try and pay at the pump so you can keep an eye on them.) In the event they do get free you have a long leash to grab onto to catch them.
We run because we are stressed. We run because we are scared. We run because we are confused. We run to try to find our safety.Some dogs are completely stressed by a move. If this is the case with your pet companion then you need to get P uppers squared away first just like you would do with me. Make sure that they have a safe secure place to be while you are moving out of your old place and into your new place. Check in on P uppers and make sure they get plenty of potty breaks. (Unlike me they have not mastered the litter box) Let all your helpers know which room P uppers is in or if we are in the yard so they can make sure to be aware that we are there and keep doors closed so we don’t get out and get lost in the new strange neighborhood.
Remember your excitement is our excitement. Your stress is our stress as well though. Sometimes though we may not like it. It is best for us to be away from the action of the move and that may mean that P uppers stays at a Dogie Day Care like Desert Pet Sitters Dogie Day Care were I live @ The Dog Pound. This way they are in a secure environment free from the stress of the move. If it is a dogies day care they have been to before the familiar surroundings will be of great comfort to your pet and help keep them Stress free.
Here are 6 quick move tips
- Always keep our leashes on and our kennels close by when we travel from the old place to the new place if we are not being transported in our kennel.
- Talk to us. Use comforting tones to make us feel safe.
- Make sure our pad is set up with what we need before you move us.
- Did I mention Cat Nip?
5. And Always be aware of your pets stress level. Some of us can get extremely ill from stress.
6. The most important thing you can do to insure our safety it to make sure that our ID tags and chip are current. I recommend using your cell number as the point of contact Number and making sure the new address is on record before the move. Here are a few of the ID Chip companies for petsHome Again MicorchipID AVID. Remember if you don’t update the information it is useless.
4 quick tips to recognize a stressed pet during a move and what should be done
- Vomiting. If your dog or cat is vomiting they might be stressed. If you see Puppers eating a lot of grass this probably means his stomach is upset and it could be stress related as well. Call they vet and let them know. So they can help you best resolve the situation.
- Diarrhea, If your pet is experience Diarrhea or loose stools it could again because of moving stress. it is best to run it by a vet.
- Lack of apatite.. If your pet companion is not eating as usual it might be dues to moving stress. Try and find a way to relieve that stress. Exercise is not only good for the both of you but it can increase apatite How about a trip to the dog park or maybe some play time with a cat toy.
- Despondent or depressed. Moves can be very depressing to us. We are loosing the Familiarity of our surroundings, (That place we lay in the sun by the window.) and moving to a place don’t know well or yet have never seen before. We end up feeling discombobulated and out of sorts. This all gets very depressing and cause us Pet companions to be a bit despondent. Just Some Me time with you helps a lot. Again talk to us assuage our fears.
Unpacking Stuff and moving in
We are all curious by nature and because of this we can find ourselves in a world of hurt if we are not careful darlink’s. When you move the most important boxes you unload are any with Items that are harmful to us pets You don’t necessarily have to put these Items away first but you do have to be aware of there harmfulness to us pets.
Never leave packed boxes open, Empty any box you open right away so there is no temptation for us to get into them. Some of these boxes contain chemicals in them that can seriously injure, harm or even kill us (what a horrible thought darlink’s my life flashes when I think about it). So make sure that boxes with harmful chemicals are kept out of reach as best as possible until they are put in proper storage.
We need you to spend lots of time with us to help us to adjust to our new place. Again I get back to the Me /You Time. (or as I like to call it Me – eow. time. lol I crack myself up darlink’s) Nothing makes us feel more comfortable then knowing we are secure and loved.
Some of us felines prefer to be a little more solitary and that is okay. If we seem a little clingy during a move know that we just need reassurance. Even the most independent of us can get stressed and need lots of reassurance to feel secure. So Take care to Take Care because we rely on you darlink’s to keep us safe, secure comfy and happy during the move.
P.S. darlink’s, another way to keep your pet safe is with lite collars and leashes from House Of Elton. Especially if you are moving long distance. That way if you get out to walk them and they are seen.
I had a friend who was at a rest stop with their Human companions and if it hadn’t been for his flashing LED collar and leash the driver of the car backing up wouldn’t have seen either of them in the dark.
Sources: Moving Day
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