PETS IN LA COSTA DEL SOL.
When you relocate to start your new life in la Costa del Sol it’s undoubtedly the case that, as part of the family, your pets will be starting that new life with you! Marbella is home to fantastic veterinarians, pet trainers and groomers, so your furry partners will be able to enjoy the marvelous life too.
Marbella veterinary clinics will be able to help you with micro-chipping your pet, which is obligatory. They can also arrange vaccinations, health certificates, pet passports, and anything else your pet might require. One of Marbella’s most trusted institutions is Pointer Veterinary Clinic. The highly experienced Dutch Veterinarian Dr. André Evers, who is fluent in both English and Spanish, heads the clinic. At Pointer the service is profesional and personalized, so you will feel reassures and your pets kept happy and healthy for many years to come. The staff are also brilliant for alerting you of health risks that are particular to our area. Another good veterinary clinic which is famed for its holistic treatments is Dogo Azul in Calahonda. In the Estepona area is the renowned Dutch Veterinarian, Dr. Nazli Kreft, whose Pointer Veterinary Clinic & Surgery is located at the well-known Escuela de Arte Ecueste.
PAMPERING YOUR PETS.
As well as being a shopping hub for fashionistas and boasting some high-end designer boutiques, Marbella is also the perfect backdrop to strut your stuff along the boardwalk with your dog. If you want to make sure that your pet looks just as chic as you, you’ll love the plethora of pet clothing and accessories shops in Marbella, such as Mascotas de Elite in the city center, Pet Shop in Elviria or Pequepet in Puerto Banús. These pampering pet boutiques offer everything from rhinestone-studded collars and toys to perfumes right through and outfits.
Marbella may be a paradise for lovers of the high life, the sea and the sun, but for some abandoned and mistreated dogs and cats the town is much less of a paradise. Puppy mill breeders are prevailent in Spain, whose main concern is profit rather than improving breed standards and ensuring the animals a high quality of life. Animal charities such as PAD and Triple A are overburdened with an ever-growing population of abandoned animals, while organisations like Animal Angels attempt to educate people on the need for preventative measures such as neutering. Throughout the year there are many charity lunches and gala events in Marbella’s social calendar that are aimed at raising money for the medication and food these animals need to subsist. If you’d like to lend a helping hand, contact these charities and discover how you can help.
When you treat your furry, feathered or scaly friend as a member of your family, it’s important to keep your pet’s needs in mind in any pending property purchase.
Ensuring whether local ordinances, regulations and neighborhood environment welcome pets will affect how well your beloved acclimates to your new home and how much freedom there is for his or her activities.
Here are some tips to help ensure your future home and neighborhood are pet-friendly:
- Check local requirements
For any potential home purchase, familiarize yourself with city and county ordinances that are in place for health and safety reasons. Often, they require you to obey leash laws and clean up after your pet in public places. Noncompliance can result in a fine. Many communities are striving to create and maintain environmentally friendly and pet-friendly parks. Information on what pet parks and playgrounds exist in the area of a potential home should be available from the local parks and recreation department.
If you plan to house farm animal as a pet, such as a goat or a donkey, clarify the zoning regulations and ordinances with the proper officials. While house pets such as cats, dogs, birds, fish and rabbits are acceptable in most types of housing, there may be restrictions on the total number of animals allowed in a single dwelling.
- Assess the home layout
Consider creature comforts inside and outside the home. Will your pet have enough yard our living space to live and play in without difficulty? Will your pet be happier with carpeting or tiled floors? Note whether the windows are at floor level, as your pet can accidentally run into them. Check the layout of the home and think about what would be needed to make your pet comfortable there. If your pet is older, stairs may be difficult and your pet could be confined to a single floor in the house.
Examine the outside of the home, too. Is there a doghouse or place for your pet to roam? Is the yard fenced? If you have a big, hairy dog, you might want a garden faucet to use when bathing your pet.
If a pet is a central part of your life, you will find personal enjoyment in your future house only if it accommodates the needs of your pet. As you consider the needs of your family, including pets, decide what you must have and what you can compromise on. You can also speak casually to potential neighbors to see if they are pet-friendly. After all, a happy pet makes a happy owner.
- Ask for apartment or HOA rules
While a single-family home is likely to provide your pet with the most freedom, a townhouse, apartment or condominium may be what fits your budget. For these options, check the townhouse or condo board rules and regulations for pets. Homeowners associations (HOAs) typically govern condos and townhouses with rules and bylaws for what’s allowed, disallowed and required. Some HOAs will allow pets but restrict them to certain areas on the property. You may face fines for violating the rules and bylaws.
For more info about buying a pet friendly property on the Costa del Sol, please, contact any of SpainForSale.Properties pofesional team member of Real Estate Agents.