Pets in Montpellier

If you are lucky enough to find an apartment large enough to house a pet in Montpellier, you’ll need to make sure it’s properly looked after. French dogs and cats are not always neutered so make sure yours are to avoid any unwanted additions to the family. Collars are also uncommon so you cannot assume that the cat you are feeding doesn’t have a home just because it doesn’t wear one. Dogs are often seen roaming the streets too, but these generally belong to one of the many street people that flock to the city, particularly in the summer months when the weather is more suited to sleeping rough and the tourists are ripe for begging money. Don’t worry though, the dogs and the owners will leave you alone if you don’t bother them.

If you are just coming for a short visit or need somewhere to stay while looking for a more permanent home, Tripadvisor has a handy list of Hotels that are pet friendly. The Fork has an extensive list of pet friendly restaurants, although I’m not sure how they’d react to you arriving with anything other than a dog. Saying that, I did once see a ferret on a lead being walked around the Ecusson. This particular pet is mentioned on the Langedoc-Roussillon Angloinfo page where you’ll find a host of other useful information including details of dog (if not ferret) friendly beaches.

If you’re bringing your pet in or out of France you’ll find lots of useful information on the DEFRA website. For any other information that you may need, just ask the people in the know, other expats are a mine of useful information and there are loads of forums to choose from. One that we’ve found specifically related to pets is on Le Dog Stop. They also have a list of vets, but none as yet in the Hérault region. A further search yielded the site Driving with Dogs where you’ll find details of a vet in Montpellier. It’s not clear whether there are any English speakers on the premises though. Let us know if you have any recommendations.


2 Responses

  1. Jillian C April 15, 2013 at 1:17 pm #

    Do they have doggie day cares in Montpellier (or in France)? Or some equivalent? Thanks!

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