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Vet gives tips on setting up new pets after registrations increase

 Dr Sara - ExpatEchoDubai

Historically, January has the highest number of new pet registrations as a result of the festive season being a popular time to give gifts of new pets and, according to a Dubai-based veterinary hospital, this year has seen a particularly large increase.

British Veterinary Hospital, which has 36 staff and deals with more than 60 animal-related cases daily, saw a 12 per cent increase in new pets through their doors this January compared to 2017. According to the hospital, registrations speak by almost 60% in January, compared to other months.

Dr Sara Elliott, director at British Veterinary Hospital, provides tips on how to set up your new pet:

1.     Organise your pet’s first veterinary visit as soon as possible. With a new puppy or kitten, we perform an initial physical exam to look for any signs of illness or disorder, along with a variety of other tests to ensure your new pet starts off on the right ‘paw’.

2.     Register your pet with Dubai Municipality. If your new pet goes missing, the Municipality’s veterinary section has a central database which will enable your pet to be returned to you via your pet’s microchip. Pet registration is in fact mandatory and required to be updated annually.

3.     Annual vaccinations for Dhppi/L and Rabies for dogs, Flu/Enteritis and Rabies for cats are important vaccinations for your new pets, these too are annual and compulsory. 

Dr Elliott continues, “Even though your pet may appear healthy, they might be sick without you even knowing and can’t express some problems. However by instinct, they are also very good at compensating and hiding detectable signs or symptoms of disease from us.”

Tiger Lily, a stray kitten found in Dubai Marina was recently adopted by a young executive, Alexandra Williams, who found her near her apartment building. She says: “The cat, who I later named Tiger Lily, appeared to be perfectly healthy when I found her. However, when I took her into theveterinary hospital to get registered and examined, they informed me she had broken her hip, which is something I clearly wouldn’t have been able to detect by myself.

“It’s reassuring to know that she has had a full examination and we can go about trying to make her new life comfortable, without any nagging doubts or suspicions over her health.”

Regular vet check-ups and diagnostic tests can detect health problems early before they become life-threatening for animals. Wellness plans are a cost-effective way to reduce large vet bills and are structured to cover routine care expenses.

British Veterinary Hospital provides a special package for new pets, it includes: health check examination, Municipality registration, micro chipping, initial vaccinations including kennel cough, leukemia, ehrlichia and FIVFL testing along with other services..


dog-and-cat-cuddle-150x150It is at this time of year that a lot of people are relocating families. Their most precious shipment is the household pet. When your furry friend boards a plane, you want to make sure they are in safe and competent hands. Move One Pet Transportation  is an accredited member of the International Pet and Animal Transportation Association (IPATA), one of the first service providers in the Central/Eastern European region to hold this status.
When shipping your pet to join you at your new destination you will want to make sure they are going to be as comfortable as possible.  Move One Pet Transportation advises to let your pet get accustomed to the kennel before it travels, it usually takes two to five days to adjust to the kennel environment.  To avoid air sickness make sure you give your pet a small meal no later than 12 hours before the flight.  Avoid using sedatives or tranquilizers on your pet as they may lead to injuries during transport and lastly place a blanket, towel, or shredded paper at the bottom of the kennel for your pet’s comfort but do not include any chewable toys. Read more

44838your rightsRecently has received reports, information and stories from unhappy pet owners in Dubai. In some cases, tenants are being informed by their landlord or property management, that they are no longer allowed to keep their pets in their property. This is forcing tenants to try and re-home their pets or face eviction, sometimes within days of receiving the notice.

Not only is this painful and difficult for families involved, but as detailed in a recent article here , this time of year is already tough for animal welfare groups and shelters. There is simply no more room at the inn, and with the additional threat of eviction for pet owners adding to the summer rush in abandoned pets, there is nowhere for the animals to go.

Most recently we heard from a cat owner in Dubai, who has been a tenant in her apartment for six years. Their original contract only restricted pets in the common areas, but when a new management company took over, new clauses were introduced, but even leasing agents for the building were still telling new tenants that pets were allowed.

However, a letter was recently displayed in the building, advising that all pets must be removed within 30 days or face eviction proceedings. Read more

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