Creating A Smooth Transition: How to Make Your Pets Feel Comfortable When Moving Abroad

Moving home, according to a recent survey, is considered to be the most stressful experience that humans can go through; for pets, too, with whom it is impossible to explain or reason, a relocation can be deeply unsettling.


For animals, the disruption, the journey, the move to an unfamiliar environment, and a change in territory can induce extreme stress, particularly if you are relocating abroad where the climate is markedly different from the UK.


Understanding how to cope with the stress of global relocation is essential to ensure your pets are as comfortable as possible during the move. So, what steps can you take to make this transition smooth?


How To Move A Pet Overseas Without Shredding Their Nerves – And Yours!

Helping your pet during your relocation starts from the moment you decide to move overseas. The more you plan for their needs, the less stressful the experience is likely to be. 

Plan Ahead

It’s well-known that the mere sight of a travelling basket can instil a sense of foreboding and fear in animals, so start your preparations well in advance. Pack gradually, making sure that your pet's familiar belongings, such as toys and bedding, are left until last - and unpacked first in your new home. This will provide a sense of continuity and comfort for your pet. While you pack your belongings, designate a comfort zone in your home away from the hustle and bustle where your pet can feel secure and undisturbed.


Stick To Known Routines

Pets thrive on routine, and any imbalance can cause immense anxiety. Try to maintain their feeding, playtime, and exercise schedules throughout the moving process. Consistency amidst change will help them to feel more secure and less stressed. It's important to give your pets the same amount of attention and care that they are used to, even amid the chaos of moving.

Create A Safe Space In Your New Home

When you finally arrive at your new home, create a safe room where your pet can gradually acclimatise to their new surroundings. Place familiar items, such as toys and bedding, in this room. A safe haven will help them to adjust to the changes, such as the new layout of the home and the different weather conditions.


Prepare Your Pet’s Entry Requirements

‘What is pet quarantine?’ is a question you might ask when planning your overseas move, but whether your animal will need to be isolated depends on the destination. Whether quarantine is compulsory or not, it is essential to prepare all necessary documentation, vaccinations, and health certificates in advance to reduce the possibility of problems arising on your arrival. Being informed about the quarantine process and entry requirements for your pet can significantly reduce the stress for both of you.


Find Out More


Moving with pets internationally can seem daunting, but with the right preparation and care, the transition can be smooth and stress-free for the entire family. For more information on our international removal services, or to book a free survey and quotation, please get in touch with Galleon International today.



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