For a lot of families, life just isn’t complete without an animal family member. Dogs and cats are deemed wonderful life companions and the most loyal and protective friends. Likewise, having pets teaches important life values such as accountability for others and compassion. It’s no wonder a great number of families living in Dubai have a pet.
If you’re a mom and you are planning to adopt a dog because the little ones are begging you for a pup, be advised that it’s not just a matter of going to a shelter and picking the canine your hearts beat for lovingly. Owning a dog in Dubai comes with numerous requirements that you need to meet.
Pet Laws in Dubai
In 2017, there were a few changes to UAE pet laws. The Federal Law No. 22 of 2016, which came into effect in 2017, requires all dog owners to procure a license, particularly for banned canine breeds such as Boxers, Dobermans, Mastiffs, Pitbulls and Rottweilers.
Obtaining a license for your dog is actually an easy 5-step process:
- First, you need to complete all the recommended vaccines for your new dog and have these checked by the vet.
- Gather all the vaccination and medical reports and present them to the vet clinic or the Dubai Municipality Veterinary Centre.
- Present your Emirates ID and contact details.
- Have a traceable microchip implanted between the shoulders of your dog. If the dog already has an implanted chip, present the documents for it. You can also have your dog’s microchip scanned at the centre.
- You will be provided a registration tag or ID which you need to attach it to your dog’s collar.
Aside from getting a license, UAE pet laws also impose that you:
- Acquire a solid understanding of the unique needs of your pets. Every dog breed has specific needs and you need to demonstrate an understanding of these as well as the ability to appropriately meet them.
- Provide some kind of supervision for the pets especially if the members of the family are out during the day.Ensure your dog has enough space to move about freely in your home.
The law also places great importance on the family’s ability to:
- Feed their four-legged family member.
- Take care of its overall health through medical check-ups and treatments.
- Make sure it doesn’t pose any harm to others.
- Failure to uphold any of the pet laws comes with penalties and punishments especially if the dog ends up harming other people.
“Mom Meeting” About The New Dog
Before setting out to get a new dog for the family, pet professionals advise mothers to do the following:
- Have a conversation with the family.
Sit all the members of the family down for a meeting, with the agenda to discuss how welcoming a canine family member will change the dynamics at home. Remind them that Mom will not be doing everything; everybody has to do his or her part in taking care of the furry one.
This meeting is also the perfect opportunity to lay down new rules. For example, if the kids don’t do their bit, the pet will have either have to go to a different family or shelter.
- Prepare the house for the arrival of the pet.
Purchase all the essentials for the dog – its bed, hygiene and grooming products, food, toys and other supplies. Also, you may want to set up fences in certain parts of your home where there are delicate items that can get damaged by an over-excited pup.
- Create assignments in taking care of the dog.
Set up a schedule and assignment board for dog care responsibilities. This way, there’s a visual reminder for all the members of the family on what they need to do to help take care of the dog.
With adequate planning and preparation, families can be sure to abide by Dubai’s pet laws, and at the same time, be able to manage the many challenges of owning a new dog.
About the Author
Farah Al-Khojai is the Managing Partner of Pet’s Delight. A passionate entrepreneur, Farah is proud to be at the helm of the first and the largest pet care provider in the market representing world-class brands including Origen, Applaws, Hunter, Savic, Flamingo, Ruffwear and Rogz. For any queries related to pet adoption in UAE, please contact Pet Delight at 800-DELIGHT (800-3354448).