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Helping pets deal with moving stress

Helping pets deal with moving stress

Moving to a new house is one of the most stressful things we do. Hiring a realtor to help will reduce a human’s stress but not their dog or cat’s.

Some tips for making the move as smooth as possible for our furry friends are as follows:

Pack early

Pack as much as you can ahead of time and make moving day as relaxing as possible. If you’re moving to a location nearby, bring your dog to the new area for walks beforehand, allowing them to sniff and familiarize themselves with the new environment.

Pet room

On moving day, designate a “pet” room in your old home and your new home, to keep your pets away from the confusion and stress of everything being moved. Keep items such as food, water, toys, a bed, and a litter box for cats in that room.

Dexter is Tony Browton’s dog. Photo submitted

Microchip your pet

If they get loose in the hustle and bustle of the move, they’ll have a much better chance of being reunited with you. Make sure you update your new address and contact information with all forms of pet identification.

Check new place

Check for holes in the fence, loose doors, or broken screens that your pet could escape through. Block those areas or keep your pets away from them until they can be fixed.

Stick to routines

Cats and dogs are creatures of habit. Keep feeding times, walks, and play times on their regular schedule. Bring dogs outside often so they know where to be let out.

Pet owners moving from the city to the Coast need to be aware of the threats to pets here that they may not have had to worry about in the city. Coyotes are a major threat and here are some tips for keeping your animals safe from them:

Don’t feed wildlife

At the end of the day, coyotes, like any other living creature, are simply trying to survive. Refrain from composting meat or meat by-products, as this scent is extremely appealing to coyotes.

Stay on leash

Most coyotes are afraid of humans, and your close presence will often be enough to prevent an attack. If your dog is off-leash, he or she becomes a far easier target.

Pick up poop

The scent of your dog’s poop can attract coyotes. Be sure to regularly maintain your yard.

Always be there

If you live in a high-risk area, never let your dog into the backyard unattended.

Build a fence

A coyote-proof fence should be at least eight feet in height, extending a minimum of 12 inches underground to prevent underground entry.  Using an invisible fence on your property may keep your dog in, but it does nothing to keep danger out.

Stay calm 

If you encounter a coyote while with your dog, do not run. Instead, make yourself look as large and intimidating as possible. Shout aggressively at the coyote. Wave your arms. Stomp your feet. If there is something that you can throw – throw it. Bringing a whistle or air horn with you on walks is always a good idea. If you encounter a coyote who doesn’t seem to notice you, move away quietly without turning your back to the coyote.

Clean up your garden 

Keep your yard free from overgrown shrubs or fallen branches, as this creates an ideal habitat for coyotes.

Spread the word 

Share these strategies with any dog owners in your life so that we can all keep ourselves, and our dogs, safe and sound.

Tony Browton’s blog can be found at http://www.truebluerealty.ca/blog

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