Posted by Blogger on Tuesday May 8th, 2012
Moving to London with a pet comes with its own checklist of logistics, but living with pets in the UK is another matter. Your incredibly resourceful London Relocation agent will have helped you find the ideal pet-friendly property to ensure living conditions for you and your precious ones are way above and beyond up-to-snuff. So as you get settled in, then what?
BUYING FOOD FOR PETS IN THE UK
As you view London apartments, ask your designated London Relocation agent to point out grocery stores in your neighborhood of choice. Knowing where to purchase your foodstuffs will kill two birds with one stone (uh, you know that’s just an expression…hopefully I haven’t offended anyone who’s relocating feathery pets to the UK…). What I mean to say is, just as is probably the case in your home city, you can find an assortment of pet food in the usual grocery chains—in London, that could be Waitrose, Asda, Marks & Spencer, Tesco, and so forth.
SPECIALTY FOOD FOR PETS IN THE UK
If you’re looking to treat your animal with a lil’ somethin’ special beyond standard brands, however, you’re in luck there, too. There’s a nice company called Lily’s Kitchen in North London that sells human-grade foods for pets in the UK. Never fear if you don’t happen to relocate to that particular London neighborhood; Lily’s Kitchen products are distributed through other London-wide retailers like Pet Pavilion and Whole Foods.
Dogs who like to chow down on only the freshest of raw, organic foods will likewise adore Honey’s Real Dog Food (previously named Darling’s Real Dog Food), which is a friendly family-run business based in Wiltshire, England. Using only free-range or wild meats, Honey’s works directly with you to tailor your order and ship it to you; it sounds like it might be an expensive diet for pets in the UK, but it really isn’t thanks to the fact that Honey’s doesn’t pay advertising costs or profits to retailers/wholesalers.
FINDING A GOOD VET IN LONDON
Just as necessary to maintaining your pet’s good health is providing it with a quality and caring veterinarian. Choices of vets abound in a city this size, but a number of expats we know who have relocated with their pets to the UK and have only the highest of expectations for their animals’ medical care have recommended a few in particular. Pets Naturally, based in Notting Hill, is convenient for those living in west London. Hamilton Veterinary Clinics is a privately-owned chain of three offices located in north London (specifically the London neighborhoods of Primrose Hill, Finchley, and St. John’s Wood), and a bigger veterinary chain that can offer more locations throughout the city is Village Vet. For more serious medical concerns, the animal hospital at the University of Cambridge boasts cutting-edge treatment for pet illness.
You can never research this matter enough, and direct referrals can never be taken too seriously. Definitely ask around among other London pet owners, either through online forums before your relocation or in person once you bring your pets to the UK.
- Moving to London with Dogs (londonpetrelocation.com)
- Americans Moving to London With Pets (londonpetrelocation.com)
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