Vacation destinations like Sanibel & Captiva tend to see an influx of visitors in and out of town throughout the year. Not to mention the migration of snowbirds that occurs during the Winter and Spring months, in addition to those moving down full-time after retirement.
There’s a lot of movement! And many times it involves bringing our pets along for the journey. Sometimes that journey can be ruff for our furry friends. That’s why we thought we’d share a few tips on how to make it a smooth transition for everyone involved.
4 Steps – Moving with Pets
Step 1: Visit your vet
I know, the V.E.T word is not your favorite. If your pet is all caught up on their vaccinations and feeling fine, you could even just visit the vet by yourself to talk about the move and obtain vaccinations records. Most offices nowadays will do an electronic transfer of files to a new vet if you will be transitioning full-time, others can print you copies if you are only coming for a shorter stay.
Step 2: Plan your packing
Pets have a unique spidy-sense in knowing when something is out of the ordinary. That’s why we suggest packing slowly if possible, spreading it out over a few days or even a few weeks if you can. Having ten moving boxes appear in the living room one day might spark anxiety and can cause stress.
Try not to disrupt the normal routine of meal times or evening walks, which is easier said than done when you get in full packing mode and down to the last days before your trip.
Step 3: Plan your route
Are you going to drive or fly? That is always the big question! Depending on the distance, driving is typically the better option, allowing your pet to be close to you and not having to be caged in an airplane’s cargo area, stuffed under a seat, or experience the whoas of airport travel.
That said, driving will require a few extra pit stops for your pet. You should also try and cover the window or put a sheet over their crate to help with car sickness. If your pooch loves car rides, great! Just be mindful of letting them hang out the window on highways as the smallest flying objects can cause serious harm to your pup at high-speeds.
Step 4: Prepare your new pad
You made it! Everyone seems to have survived the trip. Now the fun part, unpacking and settling in. Before you let your pet loose in the new pad, you should go through and pet-proof the space. Make sure there are no accessible gaps between appliances or holes in drywall where your pets can climb behind. Cats are famous for this Houdini disappearance act as they flea for what they consider a safe space.
We suggest keeping pets contained to one room, especially while unloading vehicles and walking in and out, back and forth. Also, try to keep their bowls, litter pans, and pet beds in a similar place as the last home. Return to your normal walking and feeding routine as soon as possible to help your pets settle in and adjust to the change.
We hope these few tips can help ease the stress of traveling with pets!
Ps. – If you’re staying on Sanibel for vacation or season, be sure to check the pet policy before you book! Click here to view our Sanibel Condo Directory, which distinguishes which condo complexes are pet-friendly, and which have restrictions.