Moving to a new town with pets can be tricky and stressful, especially if you’re happy with your current pet care professionals.
But since they can’t move with you, what can you do?
Knowing which services you and Jax will need shortly after relocating will make your life a lot easier. Here are a few tips on how to do that.
1. Make a List of Pet Professionals
Sit down and write a list of the most important pet professionals you’ll need to contact:
- Veterinarian. This one is especially important if you have an elderly dog or if Jax is on maintenance medication. Even if he isn’t due for a checkup, it’s good to find a new vet’s office before moving in case of an emergency.
- Dog walker. If Jax is accustomed to daily walks while you’re at work, it’s best not to break that routine. Get in touch with a local walker and plan a meeting shortly after your move.
- Boarding facility. Sometimes moving is a little easier when your pup isn’t underfoot. If you’re considering boarding Jax or setting him up in daycare while you’re moving into your new place, don’t wait long to locate a reputable company or pet sitter.
Even if you don’t think you’re going to need these providers in the few weeks following your move, it’s a good idea to over-prepare and be ready for unexpected issues if they should arise.
2. Do Your Homework Before Moving
So you’ve narrowed down the list of pet professionals. But how do you actually go about finding them?
There are a few options available for you:
- Get recommendations. If you’re fortunate enough to have friends with pets in your new town or are familiar with your new neighbors, consider dropping them a line. Find out which clinic they visit and where the best boarding facilities are.
- Look up reviews. In the absence of familiar friends or neighbors, you may just have to rely on strangers. Most established businesses will have a number of customer reviews available online. Try visiting a few websites, including the businesses’ Facebook pages, for their ratings.
- Visit the businesses. This isn’t always an option, but if you have some spare time while scouting out your new neighborhood, consider swinging by a few pet care businesses to see if they’ll be a good fit.
3. Hold Off on Less Urgent Services Until Necessary
Chances are, you’re not going to need to book every kind of pet service available right after you move. For these types of services, you can wait to make your choice once you’ve settled in:
- Groomer. Unless Jax is looking like a mop with a bad hair day and you can’t find time to have him groomed before moving, this is something that can wait. But be sure to know what to look for in a new groomer.
- Dog trainer. Being proactive about your dog’s behavior and training is great, but the only time you might want to worry about finding a trainer before moving is if Jax is in the middle of his lessons and a break would affect his progress.
Is moving day upon you already? Here are some helpful tips to make it less stressful for you and your pet:
If you don’t intend to board Jax or have him walked anytime soon after moving, you can also add a dog walker and boarding facility to this list.
4. Find Providers After Moving
Depending on the type of pet care professional you’re looking for after unpacking, you may have the luxury of taking your time.
For services such as grooming, pet sitting and training, try meeting with several providers and make a decision on which to choose based on their interactions with your pet and how comfortable you are with their past experience.
Just remember to be prepared. Moving is already a stressful event, but ready for the unexpected can ease some of that anxiety, particularly when it comes to your beloved pet.