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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…)

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

17986277-dog-holding-a-blue-piggy-bank-and-a-stack-of-coinsBefore you jump into pet ownership and adopt a new fur-family member, be aware there are certain costs involved. A ‘free’ pet, may be free, but in the long term you will need to invest some money.

Food, vet bills, holiday boarding, grooming, training, expatriation when you leave the country… can all start to add up. It’s very important to do your research before adopting a pet. We’re certainly not saying you need to be ‘rich’ to be a pet owner, however you do need to be aware of the costs involved and be financial prepared.

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dog-bite-440Like many expatriates who have relocated to the UAE, we leave not only our place of domicile, we often leave behind our families, friends and even our pets. For some expats, the thought of leaving a family pet behind is too difficult and thankfully, the laws regarding animal ownership in the UAE allow many of us to bring these much loved animals with us on our new adventure.

One the most common pets to be relocated here to the UAE are dogs.

The focus of this article shall be to address some of the risks associated with owning a dog in a country where punitive measures can be enforced upon you by the authorities should you fail to adequately protect the general public or others from any harm that could be inflicted by the animal whilst in your ownership or care of custody. Read more

Every year in Dubai there are hundreds of dogs (both young and old) that are abandoned and often euthanised. Many people who abandon their dogs in Dubai are expats who come to Dubai, get themselves a puppy and, upon leaving the country, decide not to/realise they cannot take their dogs with them.

Sometimes the reason is financial, other times the dog may be subject to long quarantine periods or unable to be brought back into the country for environmental reasons (massive climate changes etc…) and sometimes people are just plain irresponsible. Irrespective of their reasons, Dubai’s transient expat population is a large contributor to the homeless dog population in the UAE and as such there is a definite need for better awareness of this issue. Read 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

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