The decision to relocate a pet to London used to be extremely difficult, what with quarantine requirements and the nearly impossible task of finding a rental property in London that accepts pets. With the changes in pet travel regulations over the last 5 years and services like ours that actively search for pet friendly properties and pet friendly landlords in London, the entire process is much easier.
The London Relocation Quick Guide – Relocate a Pet to London in Style
This quick guide is a handy list of all of the things that you should research and consider when making the choice to relocate a pet to London: Every single item on the list will have to be actioned to ensure a smooth transition for you and your BFF (best furry friends), they also form the basis of our personal London Pet Relocation service.
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)
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- 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.
From London Relocation: Finding the right flat or apartment is crucial, we believe it should be the first step, to a successful move to London. Once you’ve found your nest, a lot of the other details will fall into place – Promise! We’d love to talk to you and help you with any aspect of your move. Even if you’re not going to use our flat finding services and property search, please feel free to reach out to us for any questions you have, on how to relocate a pet to London: We KNOW we can help!