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So junior just received a dog for his birthday and you need to get his shots. You’ve just relocated your family pet to the UAE and its ready for a check up? The kids found an injured stray that’s in dire need of medical attention. If you’ve lived in Dubai for some time you may have Fido’s vet on speed-dial but perhaps this isn’t the closest vet to your home -  in an emergency, would you know which one is? Or maybe you’ve just relocated to Dubai and are looking for a vet. It is always a good idea to keep both the number of your preferred vet and the nearest vet to your home handy. For ease, Expat Echo Dubai has compiled a directory of vets across the Emirate. (more…)

best place to live in dubai with dogsMoving to Dubai with all the family can be a big upheaval.  Two of the biggest concerns for expats moving to Dubai are finding school places and finding the right home to live in.  I always recommend when relocating to Dubai that you find the school place first then choose the location for the home but for many expats when they talk about the ‘whole’ family moving that also includes the DOG!  So, the other big question is where is the best place to live in Dubai with a dog?

In truth, Dubai isn’t the most dog-friendly place in the world with dogs being banned from the majority of  public beaches and parks.  Also, dogs must be kept on a leash and/or in an appropriate muzzle in public and it goes without saying that owners have to clean up the animal’s waste when taking their dogs out. Furthermore, dogs must be vaccinated and registered, and are not allowed to become stray.  However, even with restricted areas to walk your dog and extreme summer heat one only has to look at social media with it’s various local pet groups to see there are many dog owners in Dubai.

To help you choose the best area to live in with a dog Expat Echo Dubai have put together a list of some areas that are popular with expats who have  recently been relocated with Move One Relocations and their dogs with Move One Pet Transportation. Read more

44838your rightsRecently Adopt-ME.ae 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

Summertime can be challenging enough for you and me during the sizzling summers in Dubai, but for our furry, four-legged, best friends it can be downright dangerous if they are not cared for properly. Risk factors include dehydration, heatstroke and even drowning. Do not fear! Below is a list of key tips to aid you in keeping your family pet cool, happy and healthy during the blistering summer. Read more

30376FULLSummer is a tough time of year for all of the animal welfare groups and shelters. However well before many expats and locals alike head out of the country to beat the summer heat, most, if not all of the welfare groups are already posting ‘SORRY WE’RE FULL’ notices on their Facebook Pages.

Emma Creswell, Shelter Manager for the Sharjah Cat & Dog Shelter (SCADS) says that they average 14 abandoned animals every day. In recent years, the summer months show an increase in that number, with 20 or more animals being left at the shelter daily. As a result, SCADS is overloaded.

Having no choice but to house additional animals in their already full shelter, SCADS currently have an additional 28 pups and 22 kittens on top of their capacity to accommodate 40 dogs and 40 cats at any one time.

Extending capacity puts a heavy strain on them, as sadly, budget constraints dictate the number of animals SCADS is able to provide food and medical care for. Additionally, overcrowded enclosures can quickly become unhealthy environments for an animal’s physical health and mental well-being.

SCADS often reach out to other welfare groups (who are also under pressure) and the general public across the country to offer a reprieve for some of the animals they receive – however the reality is when there is no more space, no one to adopt and no one to foster, animals are put to sleep. Read more

pest-control-and-petsWhen calling in the exterminator to get rid of cockroaches, ants etc Move One Pet Transportation would like to remind you to remove your pets from the premises.  Your pets should be transported to a safe location while the professionals do their job and in some cases you may need to keep your animals away from the home for several hours after treatment for safety purposes.  Check with the Pest Control company how long the pets should be kept away from the home.

As well as taking your pets out of the home you should also remove all their bedding, food bowls and toys they may chew.    Granular lawn products may require keeping the pets off the treated area for 24 hours or longer while the granules dissolve and the treated area dries. Read more

As with all occasions, ensuring your pet is safe and well during festivities is paramount. It is not only environment changes that need to be considered with your pet but their mental welfare too. You can all too often overlook your pet’s thoughts and needs when it comes to festive fun.

Check the Homely Petz 12 days of Christmas top pet care tips; Read more

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