How to Relocate a Pet to London
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What to research for your London pet relocation:
- Transporting your pet to the UK
- DEFRA’s Pet Travel Scheme
- Whether a pet passport is necessary
- Pet quarantine
- Other UK import rules and requirements
(e.g., microchips, tests, and vaccines)
What you should know about relocating a pet
- Even if a landlord is okay with you having a pet, if the building says no, it’s no.
- If the building says yes but the landlord says no, you might still be able to negotiate by:
- Meeting asking price versus low-balling
- Paying an additional fee
- Paying additional months’ rent in advance
- In general, the larger the number and size of your animal(s), the more difficult it will be to find a London apartment to rent. A single cat or small dog is given the most leeway.
- Many parks have large leash-free areas (leashes are called "leads" in British English), but be mindful of other animals that may dwell there like horses and deer.
- Beloved London parks for dog-walking: Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park, Regents Park, Battersea Park, Richmond Park, Hampstead Heath, and Primrose Hill.
- London is overall very pet-friendly, with many pubs, restaurants, and shops welcoming dogs inside their establishments.
- Dogs can ride public transport, too!
Veterinary care in the UK:
- You have a choice of public and private care. Chains include Hamilton Veterinary Clinics and Village Vet. Pets Naturally is a highly recommended Notting Hill clinic.
- Pet insurance is available through many companies like Tesco.
- PDSA is the UK’s leading veterinary charity.
- The Royal Veterinary College (RVC) provides clinical services and referrals.
- University of Cambridge has an animal hospital with cutting edge treatment of serious pet illnesses.
- Like healthcare for humans, your experience is largely dependent on whether or not you find a good doctor. So do the research, ask around, and take referrals seriously.
- Garden flats make for pet-friendly homes, often including backyard space.
- Having other pets to socialize with in the neighborhood or the local park is a plus.
- Frequent walks will help your pet get used to the different flora.
- Research in advance which tube stations have elevators/escalators vs. stairs for your pup.
- Pet food is found in most grocery chains, and stores like Whole Foods and Pet Pavilion offer specialty brands like Lily’s Kitchen and Darlings Real Foods.