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What is the Cost of Transporting a Pet to London?

pet transportationThere is no definitive answer to this question. The amount that you spend will depend upon the services you select, however, it’s a good idea to assume it will cost more moving to London with a dog than it will to travel there yourself. Start getting quotes early in the process so you can have a good idea about what a competitive price looks like.

Here is a list of transactions that you’ll need to take into account when moving to London with a dog.

Vet Visits and Vaccinations

You must visit a vet in order to obtain a pet passport. This may require multiple trips to the vet for vaccinations as well as the treatment of certain ailments. Vaccinations can cost anywhere from $50-$200 depending on your vet, so it’s important to call ahead of time to determine their fees.

Airline Tickets and Fees

Airline tickets and fees for your dog can set you back anywhere from $75 to $2000 depending on how your dog is transported. Having them placed in cargo might be less expensive than transporting them in the cabin itself, but you’ll want to make sure that’s a healthy and safe option for your pet. Additionally, your dog’s breed and size will determine what kind of travel options are available to you.

Cabin

If your dog is small enough, your airline may allow them to travel under your seat in the cabin in their crate. This could potentially cost you only $75-$150 each trip.

Luggage

Larger pets can sometimes be checked as luggage. This is convenient for pet parents who can pick up their dogs where they pick up their baggage. This costs around $200 per crate.

Cargo

Cargo is usually the only option for very large dogs who require a little more room when traveling. This could set you back anywhere from $300 to $2,000.

How to Find Out About Local Vets

Finding a local vet should be one of your first priorities.  There are a few easy ways to find a new vet that is a good fit for you and your dog.

Use the Internet

Doing a quick search for vets in the area that you’ll be living will help you find options and determine where the best options are located, what there office hours are, and how much you might expect to spend for a general check-up. If you want to make sure you’ll have an emergency vet at all hours, look for an emergency pet hospital in the area. You can also find a local vet using the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Website: RCVS website.

Personal Recommendations

Ask other pet owners in the area what they think of their vet. Make sure you consider their dog’s personality and needs, however, because their vet might be well-suited for them while being the wrong fit for you. If you don’t know anyone in your new city, you can always go for a walk or go to a local dog park and ask people there about their vets.

Take a walk or drive

You’ll want to find a vet that is close to your new home. You can find a convenient vet by taking a walk or a drive around the neighborhood to find veterinary offices. You can even walk in and talk to the vets and receptionists to find out if they are the right fit for you and your dog.  If you don’t have a car, make sure you can reach the office easily with public transportation options nearby.

Tips for Having A Dog in London

So you’re ready to move to London and, naturally, you want to bring your beloved dog with you. While the UK imposes certain standards for pet coming into the country, these shouldn’t be your only concerns about relocating with them. You to take their needs into consideration to ensure that all of them will be met in your new home. Everything, from your physical home to the surrounding neighborhood, will have an impact on your dog. This article will give you an overview of the requirements your dog will need to meet in order to enter London and what you can do make sure they’re happy and healthy once you’ve arrived.

Is It Possible to Live with A Dog In London?

If you’ve not spent a lot of time in London, it might seem like a strange place to keep a dog. But there’s more to the city than what you see on television and in films. While the heart of the city is indeed a bustling metropolis, other areas of London are much calmer by comparison and offer ample space for a dog to enjoy itself safely. Generally speaking, the further away you are from the center of London, the less dense the living is. There will be significantly less noise and traffic in these areas. If you’re set on living in the heart of London, you’ll have a much more difficult time finding a landlord that will rent to you. It’s a very competitive area for housing, and those who do rent to pet owners charge very high prices.

Unless your dog was raised in the city before relocating, choosing a quieter location can help lessen the anxiety they’ll experience as they become acclimated to their new surroundings.

Pick the Right Housing for You and Your Dog

Having A Dog in LondonYou should expect your dog to be at least a little anxious after your move, especially given the change of surroundings and duration of the trip, but don’t worry – they’ll return to their normal selves. With that said, if you have a dog who is nervous by nature, the size of your living space will play a big role in making them feel secure and helping them acclimate to their new home. Dogs with high anxiety will fare better in a standard house than in the confines of an apartment building or multi-family home. That way they’ll have space for themselves when they need it and won’t feel too cramped.

The nature of some breeds makes it easy for them to live in an apartment without trouble, but you’ll still want to make sure you have access to an area where your dog can get plenty of exercise. This shouldn’t be a problem if you’re renting a home, but if you’re in an apartment (especially in the heart of the city) you might not even have a yard, small or otherwise. If that’s the case, you’ll want to familiarize yourself with one of London’s many beautiful parks.

Find A Great Walking Route

best dog parks in LondonIt’s important for your pup to get lots of exercise, no matter where you live. Dog parks are a great place to let them run around and socialize, but a more structured outing gives them a chance to bond with you and develop discipline. Once you and your pet are settled in your new home, you’ll want to find a good path to them on regular walks. Again, the gets trickier the closer you live to the center of the city, but it isn’t impossible.

The city’s sidewalks may meet your needs but walking dogs in these tight confines might make other pedestrians uncomfortable. It could also be dangerous for your dog given its proximity to the street itself. A good route will have plenty of room for your dog to be walked on a lead without disrupting anyone else’s path. London is blessed with some truly scenic pathways perfect for dog walking, like Richmond Park in Richmond and Victoria Park in Hackney.

Create A Schedule

While it may be difficult for you to adapt to living in London at first, you’ll have plenty of responsibilities keeping you busy and helping you integrate into the new culture. It’s easy to forget in our daily hustle that pets don’t have a schedule to keep and not much to do with us. A dog left to their own devices can become restless, irritable, and generally unpleasant. That’s why you should regularly plan some of your free time around your dog and build a daily regimen for them.

Something that is done every day becomes habitual: it’s as true for dogs as it is for us. Think of what you’d like to do with your dog, like taking a walk, and try to do it every day at around the same time. Eventually, your dog will come to expect that activity at the set time. This sort of structure is no different from what we have every day when we go to work, make dinner, pick up the kids, and everything else, and it will occupy your dog the same way.

Buy the Right Gear

When you live in an area with plenty of open land, it’s not a problem to just let your pup outside when they need to burn off some energy. Many of us probably open our backdoors and send our dogs outside to play without much thought. In the city, however, that ceases to be a viable option. Not only are you likely lacking for fenced-in green space, but your neighbors might not appreciate a dog on the loose.

If you’re considering moving to London with your pet, you need to plan appropriately. One of the more common surprises of living in a big city with a dog as opposed to a more rural area is the gear you’ll need. You know now that you’ll probably be spending a lot of time outdoors with your dog every day, so invest in quality collars and leads. If you have a smaller dog (or one with neck or back issues), consider buying a harness instead of a collar. These will hold them more securely and evenly distribute pressure throughout their body instead of sending accidental tugs throughout their neck. For bigger dogs, look into padded collars and leads that can be worn for hours on end without causing discomfort. Weather-resistant and quick-drying products are also good options to consider.

Finally, don’t forget to pack collapsible dog bowls with you on your trip! Bring along a bottle of water and maybe a bit of dog food, too, so that your pup can refuel after a long walk. This doesn’t have to be a trial – there are many lights, easy-to-pack options available to make keeping your pet fed and watered on the go as easy as possible.

When you really break it down, having your dog’s needs met in London really isn’t all that different than anywhere else, but it’s important to pay close attention to them after a big move. It’s ultimately about making your dog feel safe, happy, and secure, and that can be rough when they’ve been transplanted into a totally new setting. But if you can put in the effort to make time for them, your dog will come to love London just as much as you do.

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