Moving can be a challenging experience, for humans and pets alike. Especially if your pet is getting on in years, it's important to consider how a new home will impact them. There is so much to explore and smell, after all. Here are some tips on how to make the move as smooth as possible for your pet (and you!):
Start preparing your pet for the move well in advance. This may include taking your pet to the vet for a check-up and ensuring that all their vaccinations are up-to-date. It’s also a good idea to gradually introduce your pet to the new environment before the move. At Highmark Residential, you are welcome to set an appointment for your pet to explore the community and new apartment if available!
Set up his or her existing bed (instead of buying a new one at first), bring old toys, and other favorite belongings in the new apartment. Old and familiar is comforting during a time of transition when everything else seems up in the air.
Try to stick to your pet's routine as much as possible, even during the move. This may include feeding your pet at the same time every day and taking them for walks at their usual times.
Moving can be stressful for pets, especially older ones. Be patient with your pet and give them time to adjust to the new environment. Offer them lots of love and attention during this time, and wait for your new rhythm to kick in.
Make sure that your new apartment is safe for your dog. This may include installing child safety locks on cabinets, securing any loose wires or cables, and ensuring that your pet can’t escape through any open windows or doors.
Most Highmark Residential communities are pet friendly, and we know how pets are just a part of the family. It’s easy to spoil those lovable pets in your life from the comfort of a Highmark Residential apartment. To learn more about life with Highmark Residential, reach out to a member of the leasing team today and contact us.