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…)
Moving 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 visit the annual Dubai Pet Show 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
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.
The Pet Festival 2013 which was postponed due to the bad weather at the end of November has been re-scheduled to this weekend at Al Ahli Club, Dubai. The first Pet Festival was held last year in October 2012, which had great response from Pet owners and Animal lovers. Last year’s event had more than 3000 pet lovers and 200 Dogs coming to the event along with their owners.
Pets Festival is an educational and entertaining animal fair designed to raise awareness of animal welfare and to educate individuals about pet products, pet food, pet fashion, pet health, pet training & all pet services – all that you need for your best friends! It is an event where pet lovers, pet product suppliers, animal welfare activists, animal welfare departments, experts, veterinarians and pets meet. Read more
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.
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
In the UAE dogs and cats should be vaccinated against Rabies every year. Rabies vaccinations should not have any gap when given for example a dog vaccinated on the 12th of March 2013 must be re-vaccinated on or before the 11th March 2014 and not 13th March 2014. If the rabies vaccination has already expired and you intend to travel the vaccine will have to be administered and the pet will have to wait 21 days before it can leave the country.
Before travelling some countries (eg Singapore & Australia) will require dogs and cats to get a blood serum test done to ensure the pet has rabies antibodies in their system - the test should state the following: ‘A test titre of .05 iu/ml or above indicates that the dog or cat has an acceptable rabies antibody level’ Read more