By nature, animals are creatures of habit, so just imagine how confusing it is for your pets to move to a new home. Make the transition easier for them with these tips for moving a pet into one of our Springs San Antonio luxury apartment homes.
1. Have Proper I.D.
Even if your pet is strictly indoors, make sure he has proper I.D. in case the two of you become separated. San Antonio regulations require that all pets be microchipped, which is a free service for any city residents. It's also a good idea to put a collar on your pet that includes your contact information.
2. Take a Field Trip
If possible, take your pet to see his new home before moving day. This gives him a chance to start becoming familiar with the surroundings ahead of time so the change won't be such a shock to the system.
3. Plan Ahead
Even the most laid-back animals are likely to become anxious and restless during the commotion of moving day, and you won't be able spend much time reassuring him. How can you ease his skittishness?
- Keep your pet in a crate or closed room until it's time to go. If you use a room, make sure it's entirely clear first so no one will be going in and out.
- Hire a pet sitter for the day.
Whichever option you choose, have a plan in place ahead of time so it's one less thing to deal with on moving day.
4. Prepare a First Night Kit
When you're packing a box with toiletries and other first night items, don't forget your pet. Put together a kit with food, kitty litter and a favorite toy or two that will tide your pet over until you unpack.
5. Use "Reserved Seating"
No matter how much your dog may love riding in a truck bed, your pet should be secured in a carrier during the trip. This reduces the risk of injury and prevents your pet from being a distraction while you're driving.
Be mindful of San Antonio code regarding pets in public:
- All dogs must be leashed when not confined to your property.
- It's illegal to leave any animal in a parked or standing vehicle.
6. Long Distance Moves
- If your pet is susceptible to car sickness, check with your vet about any helpful medications or feeding recommendations
- Make frequent water and potty stops
- Visit a site like Pet Friendly Hotels or PetsWelcome.com to find appropriate overnight lodging options
7. Putting Down Roots
Once you're in the new home, maintain your pet's regular routine as closely as possible to make the adjustment easier.
You and your pet will love our Springs San Antonio off-leash dog parks where both of you can meet and socialize with other residents. Talk to a member of our onsite management team if you have any questions about our generous pet policies.