Moving day is quickly approaching and your pooch knows something is up. Household items are slowly starting to disappear and strange boxes are piling up. Everything involved with the move can be a tad stressful at times, but imagine what your dog must think. While you can’t necessarily explain to him exactly what is going on, there are steps you can take to ease the transition and make the move enjoyable for your four-legged family member.
Packing Up Your Home
Do you remember how confused your dog was when he ran downstairs to jump onto his bed, only to realize it wasn’t there because it was being washed? Dogs can sense change, and while some are completely okay with it, others get a little uneasy. To help your dog adjust to the move, bring in moving boxes early to let him get a good sniff or two. While you are packing up the home, put your pooch in a familiar room with the door closed to not only minimize stress, but keep him out of harm’s way. This would be a good time to let your pooch spend some time in the crate to prepare for the car ride, especially if crating isn’t something he is used to. Perhaps a friend or family member could take him to the local dog park or for a short trip to get him further acclimated to the crate, while also giving him some much needed attention.
When moving day arrives, it might benefit you to hire a dog walker or send your dog to doggy day care. If that’s not an option, make sure your dog is secured in a room away from the chaos, and alert movers to his whereabouts. Even if your dog is a people-lover, having him loose could mean he gets in the way, and with movers and people constantly in and out, and open door could be a quick escape route for an outdoor romp.
Just like you packed a first-night bag for yourself and other family members, your pooch needs one too. Having enough supplies for not only the first night, but the first few days, will be a lifesaver. Moving is a tiring process, and a trip to the store is probably the last thing you’ll want to do when your focus is on getting everything unpacked so you can finally breathe a sigh of relief. The following are essentials to pack for your pooch:
· Medical records – You might not need these on the first day, but you’ll want to go ahead and get your pooch set up with a new vet.
· Medication – Make sure you have a few extra refills on hand, or call in a prescription at your new pharmacy so that you can deal with any transfer snags before you arrive.
· New I.D. – In all the moving madness, make sure your dog’s I.D. is updated with the new address in case he escapes or gets lost.
· Food/Water – Bring enough for a few days after the move – joining in on delivery pizza isn’t a good or healthy option.
· Bed – Nothing says home sweet home like a familiar bed, so don’t forget to pack this essential comfort.
· Collar/Leash – Even if your dog typically stays right by your side, being in a new place can be a temptation to explore.
Moving is a big change for both you and your pup, so make sure your four-legged member is taken care of from packing up to settling in. Take everything a day at a time, and the move will be a distant memory before you know it.
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Remy ia a Shiba Inu!
Occupation: Professional bed hog and cheese connoisseur
Hobbies: Long walks to the dog park, making weird noises when I’m excited, being super sneaky, keeping tabs on the neighborhood by spying on people/dogs from the window, digging holes
Best trick: I’m a high-five champion and will give kisses on command
Favorite thing my humans say: “You wanna go on a car ride?”
Things I hate: When mom makes me wear my Christmas sweater and getting my nails trimmed
Finn is a small town pup recently turned city slicker. He loves raw hides, ice cubes, and long walks in the park. He’s a cuddler for 5 seconds or less and the fastest way to his heart is a treat in your hand. You’ll see him around – he likes to get out to the park about 12 times a day.
Just like humans, all animals have certain tolerances that they are able to withstand when it comes to outdoor conditions.
Wild animals have a natural instinct to properly care for themselves during extreme hot and cold weather. But, what about domesticated animals?
Domestic dogs and cats still have wellness instincts, but most of them have never had to survive without their beloved owner to look after their well being.
With the frigid months ahead, here are some tips to help your fur baby live comfortably through the blustery Minnesota winter.
Begin with a check up
Just like humans, pets need to be seen by a doctor at least once a year. It is as good time as any to get them checked before the coldest months of the year. Your vet will let you know if your pet is healthy enough to be outside for periods of time and if their joints and bones are healthy for extensive snow activity.
There is nothing more adorable than a pet wearing an outfit! They usually aren’t as entertained as their owners BUT this is a great way to protect them from the harsh weather. Many stores now sell coats of all sizes as well as boots/socks for their paws. If you choose to dress your pet up, ensure that the clothing is water proof, slip resistant and well fitting.
Post walk wipe down
After your pet spends some time outside, make sure to give them a good wipe down. While on a walk, pets are susceptible to deicers, harmful salt and antifreeze. These chemicals can wedge their ways into cracks in their paws and cause health issues. Consider using pet friendly winter products!
Now, this may seem to be an obvious one, but not always. Many people have the perception that pets do better on ice because they have 4 legs. They are still able to slip, possibly causing torn ligaments, sprains and broken bones. Not only is there a slip factor, but there is a fall through factor as well. Pets are not aware of how many inches of ice are on the lake. They are just happy to be out in the open. Make sure you keep your pet on some sort of a leash to control what areas they are running around in. A pet falling through the ice could put both of your lives in jeopardy.
We love to take our pets with us on car rides, they enjoy it too! Always keep in mind the temperatures outside. If you’re shivering with your coat on, chances are they are feeling the cold too. Just like in the summer, do not keep your pet in the vehicle for long periods of time. If it feels to cold, leave them at home.
Bring the “outside pets” inside
If you have pets that are typically kept outside, give warm options as well. Some good ideas could be a dog house with a plastic flap. This keeps out the cold but allows them to come and go as they please. Another option would be to clean out a space in your garage or shed. Anywhere besides out in the negative temperatures with harsh wind. Frost bite can be detrimental to your pets health.
Correct feeding habits
Pets, just like humans need extra calories to burn extra energy. In the winter months they will need more energy to create heat to stay warm. With that being said, many owners believe that they need to feed their pets a little more, to ensure they have enough fat on their body to keep them warm. This can be risky. It is recommended by the American Veterinary Medical Association that you continue feeding them their healthy serving size. If they appear to be losing weight, up their food intake slightly, until the weight loss seems to stop.