College students in the U.K. often look forward to their first chance at true independence when they head to campus for the first time. Being on their own, managing their time, and depression are common in many college students. The isolation from family, academia’s pressure, and the long hours of study can take their toll. The calming and reaffirming effect that an animal’s companionship can provide to its owners has been known for many years. Bringing a pet to live with you on your college campus can give you a mental health boost that will help you cope with college life changes.
As the world becomes more progressive and sensitive to the heart and minds’ needs, many college campuses in the U.K. are opening their doors to students and their pets. Life on campus with a beloved family pet could make a difference in the quality of life for many students and help them meet their future goals. If you plan on taking your family pet with you to college, you will need to prepare for both of you. Planning will help avoid any conflicts and help you and your pet adjust faster to your new living arrangements. If you’re making a transatlantic move, you might be surprised to find that there are many pet-friendly colleges in the United States as well. Let’s look at a few ways to prepare for bringing your pet with you to college.
If your new campus is listed as pet-friendly, it means that you will have the opportunity to bring along your furry friend. However, it’s still important that you receive the right permission from your college and get your pet registered. Find out before you leave for school about where to register and what restrictions you will face. You may have to show your pet’s vet records or get permission from your dorm roommates to bring a pet before your move is approved.
Even the most well-behaved pets are bound to have an accident at some time. You will likely be asked to provide a security deposit that will cover any damage your pet could do in your dorm room or on campus. For students with younger dogs that could get bored and make a mess, it’s recommended that you bring a crate with you to use when you are away from your dorm room.
Pack a bag
In the same way that you will be packing a bag or two full of all the essentials you will need for college, you will need to pack for your pet. Make sure to include your pet’s favorite bed, a comfortable crate, their food dishes, and their favorite toys. It’s important to remember that the move to college may be as upsetting for your pet as it is for you. Pack all of their comfort items along with their food and dishes so they will have things that are familiar when you arrive.
Pet sitting or doggie daycare
College classes and study obligations can keep you out of your dorm room for many hours during the day. Before you decide to take your pet with you to college, you need to consider if you will have enough time in your schedule to care for them properly. Do some research into local Doggie Daycare services or possible dog walking volunteers to help you care for your animal when you are busy.
If you are moving away for school, you could have a long journey ahead of you. Don’t forget that you will need to make special arrangements for your pet if you travel by airplane or train. Your pet will need to be crated for air travel, which can be stressful. Talk to your vet about medications that could help them relax for the trip, like canine CBD oil.
Find a vet
You never know when your pet may become ill or get injured. When you are attending college away from home, you won’t visit your regular vet if your pet needs attention. Before you make the move to college, do your research and find a reputable vet in the area that has 24-hour emergency service available.
Make a schedule
It may seem like a great idea to bring your pet to college, as they can provide many benefits to owners. However, keep in mind that they require care from owners as well. Take a close look at your schedule to determine if you will have enough time to dedicate to your pet working around classes and social activities.
Moving away to school can be stressful and lonely. Bringing along your beloved pet can help you manage your homesickness and stress of college life change. Get you and your pet ready for your move to college using these tips, and you will both be ready to start your collegiate adventure.