Getting your pet ready for your retirement future

Getting your pet ready for your retirement future

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Research has repeatedly shown many health and well-being benefits of pet ownership. If your pet’s needs are on your priority list as part of planning your retirement future, you’re already a responsible pet owner easily welcomed by many communities. However, make sure you are very clear on pet policies when looking into your retirement living options.

Your future retirement lifestyle and your pet

If you’ve started retirement planning, the home you’re living in now may not suit the lifestyle you’re aspiring to. If some of your wish list priorities are to reduce living costs, dedicate more time to hobbies, cut down on maintenance tasks or spend more time holidaying – retirement village living may be for you.

As more seniors transition into retirement living, so do their animal companions. Retirement Communities Australia’s villages (located at Mornington, Safety Beach and Point Cook) welcome pets along with their new residents. There are common sense expectations such as keeping your pet on a lead and cleaning up after it when enjoying a walk around village grounds. And as a good neighbor, you’re responsible in making sure your pet isn’t causing a nuisance to other residents.

While many retirement village operators allow pets to move in with new residents, many won’t allow replacement pets.

Getting your pet ready for change

As a responsible pet owner, you’ve already chosen your pet based on your activity levels, how much time you want to spend training and grooming and whether you prefer a warm companion that rushes to the door to greet you, or are happy to enjoy watching fish flutter in an aquarium.

Below are some of the factors to consider when preparing your pet for your move.

Indoors or outdoors

Will your pet need to be indoors more? Before you move, gradually increase the time spent indoors. If they sleep outdoors, set up the laundry and bring them inside to sleep well before you move. Will they need more exercise? Start taking them for more walks or games as soon as you’ve decided to move house.

Update microchip and registration

Speak to your new local council so that you can have forms completed and lodged well before moving house - one less ‘to do’ on the list once you move in.

Bring familiar objects and routines

Pets feel varying levels of anxiety about change. Moving into a new home is not the time to go out and buy brand new bedding, or a shiny new food bowl for your pet. Set up a routine well before the move for feeding and playing times – and stick with it once you move.

Speak to your vet

As soon as you’ve made the decision to move, book in an appointment with your vet. Ask for recommendations for a new vet in your new local area. Your vet will also be able to share some good tips for moving your pet to a new home.

To find out more about retirement village living and bringing your pet with you, contact us today for your free copy of our eBook – Retirement Villages in Victoria FAQs.

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