How to Make the Transition to Life in London With Your Beloved Dog

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One of the amazing things about life in the 21st century is the way in which we get to be literal globetrotters. Today we are working as an advertising executive in the Big Apple and tomorrow we are being transferred to our London office. If you are considering moving to the UK, London in particular, there are some things you need to know about what that move will entail when you have a beloved dog that you refuse to leave behind.

Official Guidelines to Follow

If you’ve taken great care of your pet, then you’ve nothing to worry about here. The guidelines are fairly easy to follow when moving from the United States to London. According to UK law, you can travel to the UK with your dog if:

  • You have a third-country official vet certificate or a pet passport
  • Your dog has been microchipped
  • Your dog is up to date with its rabies vaccine
  • Your dog has had tapeworm treatment

What you should be aware of is that if you fail to meet these minimum requirements, they can hold your dog in quarantine for a period of time up to four months. Can you imagine your canine BFF being held in a strange place with strangers for four months? Keep this in mind and make absolutely sure you have all your ducks in a row before stepping foot on that plane!

Pet Insurance in the UK

Before even talking about where you’ll be living, you will want to know that you can take care of your dog in a new country. You should know that just like in the United States, the UK has a number of providers that carry insurance for pets. Check out companies like Everypaw and Bivvy that provide pet insurance to meet different budgets. Whether you are looking for a lifetime cover or just a temporary cover for the time you expect to live in the UK, you can find cover to meet your needs.

Make an Advance Trip to Find a Residence

Although London is dog-friendly, not all landlords are as liberal when allowing pets to reside with you. It might take an advance trip to secure a residence before packing your bags, but you will be able to find an apartment to rent if you take the time to search. Some landlords allow only small dogs and others aren’t that fussy over the size but may be more worried about the breed. If you will be renting in a family building, this may be a bigger issue than if you are renting a stylish flat downtown.

Choose a Location Near a Dog Park

Since London is a dog friendly city, you would be amazed at the number of dog parks you can find scattered around town. Take the time to choose the best dog parks close to where you intend to live so that the moment you arrive at your new residence you will be able to take your canine friend out to do his business. You will also want to find a dog park that has ample room for the exercise your dog needs to maintain health and fitness. Some parks are quite small, so keep this in mind if you have a larger breed dog.

Introducing Your Dog to New Foods

Something else you may not have thought of is the fact that you probably won’t find the same brands of dog food your pet ate at home in the United States. The good news is that because we do live in the age of the Internet, you can order your dog’s usual brand online for delivery to the UK in most instances. However, if you take the time to research the ingredients, there’s no reason why you can’t find a comparable food in the UK. You can even find some US pet stores that have UK locations! Pet Supermarket is a US retailer that has locations throughout the UK. If you can’t find your brand, do your homework. Nothing can be more trying than the gastro-intestinal issues that come along with a rapid change in diet.

These are just some of the things you might want to consider when moving to London with your BFF, your dog. The good news is that you won’t be traveling alone because you’ll have your fur baby with you in a new land. You can both be a comfort to each other during this time of transition, but remember, your dog doesn’t have the capacity for reasoning like you do. He will be much more likely to be nervous over a new location than you will, so keep your cool. Your dog reacts to your emotions and if you want to prevent any issues, show your dog you’re okay. After that, the rest is a walk in the park – a dog park, that is!

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