6 Tips for Moving to El Paso with Cats and Dogs07/08/2018By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group Moving your household can be a difficult thing, and it only gets harder if you have furry family members who are coming with you to El Paso. If you own dogs, felines, or both, then here are a couple, easy items you should do to help them through the moving process to El Paso. Tip #1: Have One, Final Vet Visit Some pets do not like going to the vet, but if you are relocating it is important to be sure your animals get one, last checkup. This is very critical if you're moving far enough away that you will need to look for a new vet, or if a plane trip will be necessary to get to your destination. Be positive you get the pet’s proof of vaccines, prescriptions, and any other paperwork you are going to require. If you procrastinate until you are a long way away from your vet to get this done, it can be a big, un-called-for pain to add on top of your move. Tip #2: Board Your Pets (If You Can) Boarding can be tough for pets who have separation anxiety, but it's many times a feasible answer in the long-run if you are moving to a new residence. If you board your animals for loading day and unloading day then you don't have to worry about them being in the way, there is zero chance of them running out of the house, and you aren't constantly keeping track of them. It saves time, worry, and risk, which can help your move go a lot more smoothly. Tip #3: Preserve as Much Routine as Possible Our pets appreciate routine, and they could be sensitive to when it is different from normal. Changes in routine might be a threat, so it has a tendency to induce all kinds of extra stress on their part. So, you might try to plan your move to El Paso so that it upsets your animals’ routines (as well as your own) as little as possible. Let them get accustomed to what is taking place slowly, and they will respond much better. Additionally, when you move them, be sure you bring the things they know and love with them when you can. Favorite treats and pillows can act like a security blanket, and help your pets stay calmer during the move. Tip #4: Make Sure Your Pets Are Used to Their Traveling Accommodations No matter if you have dogs or cats, you don't want to pick them up, throw them in the car, and commence driving one day. You need to take the time to get your animals used to traveling. For example, if you own a cat, place their carrying case on the floor with the door open. Let them get familiarized with it being there, and give them a little while to explore it. If you own a canine, get them familiarized with a crate, or a kennel. Take them on progressively longer car trips, and get them accustomed to being passengers if you can. The more time you can allow getting your pets on-board with moving (even if they're never really going to like it), the smoother things are going to be. Tip #5: Identification Make sure and keep identification on your pet all of the time. If the unthinkable happens and your pet is lost in the chaos of the move, how else will they find their way back to you? Make sure that their collar fits correctly and that their tag includes a phone number that will not be turned off during the move. Tip #6: Chill Out... Your Pets Are Watching Moving is full of stress, there is no two-ways about that. Even if everything goes without a hitch (which it never does), you're going to have times where you just want to lay on the floor and pitch a good, old-fashioned tantrum. No matter how stressful things get, though, it is vital for you to remember that little eyes are watching you, and that you may be scaring them. Your pets are most likely under a lot of stress from the whole process of moving. New stuff is appearing without explanation, familiar stuff is going out the door, and there are new people arriving all the time. So, take a moment, take a breath, and remember that your pets need you to be calm and reassuring for them. Otherwise it might tip them over the edge of the stress meter.