Moving to Spain with your pets

Even before you move to Spain, it’s advisable to start looking for Veterinary clinics in the area you are moving to. When you arrive in Spain take into consideration, and don’t be afraid to ask around neighbours and friends for recommended clinics.

Ideally look for clinics within 30 minutes of where you are living. In case of emergencies this is essential. If you’re not sure of the area Google will help you!

Don’t be afraid of visiting local clinics, even just to introduce yourselves and chat. Is the clinic easy to find, with easy access for your pets? Is it easy to park near to the clinic? When you enter the clinic are you happy with the way you are greeted? Do the reception and nurse staff attend quickly and efficiently to your needs? Are they able to speak to you in your language? Does the clinic look and smell clean?

Questions that you could consider asking:
Opening hours (do they close for siesta?)
Do they work by appointment?
Do they offer house visits?
Do they offer an out of hours emergency service?
What facilities does the clinic have?
In house laboratory and blood machines
    Xray
    Operating theatre
    Hospitalisation

In your first consultation at the new vet, does the vet take time to listen and explain to you so that  you understand? Do they treat your pet with respect? Does your vet portray professionalism and experience?

Other things to consider

Your pets need to be registered here in Spain, both with their microchip and at the local town hall. Veterinary clinics can register the microchip. All you need to take with you is the microchip registration from the originating country, the animal’s passport, and your personal details.
At the local town hall they will give you a form to fill in to register all dogs and cats.

Spanish law regarding keeping pets may be slightly different to your home country. Rabies vaccinations and deworming treatment are required by law every year, and must be registered with the microchip by your vet. (dogs, cats and ferrets) There are different laws here on Dangerous dog breeds. Dogs are only allowed on the beach in designated dog areas. When walking in public all dogs should be on a lead, and excrement picked up. It is forbidden to feed stray cats in public areas.

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