At this point in time, we’re a divided family. Team 1 consists of my husband and daughter who desperately want a dog while I form the single-member Team 2 opposing the idea. For starters, I’m not an animal lover, I love a clean house and I’m finally getting my life back with the LO having turned 6. Having said that, the arguments on the other side are pretty powerful too: dogs can be a great lesson in responsibility for the kid, motivation for a more active lifestyle, instant stress-reliever and a companion for (a good part of) life. Did I tell you, I’m not having a good feeling about this?
For those of you in a similar situation except you’ve made up your mind, this is a heart-warming and informative article by Dr. Sara Elliott of British Veterinary Hospital on things to look out for when buying or adopting a pup here in the UAE. With new regulations recently passed by the Dubai Municipality on the import of underage puppies, the idea is to encourage the population of Dubai to take part in ensuring puppies are safe and well looked after.
Dr Sara shares ten key questions to ask when you’re thinking of making one of the biggest purchasing decisions of your life, which can impact upon the entire household:
- Where are the papers? Ask to see the parents of the pup, check any pedigree certificates if available and have a look at the parents within their home environment.
- How old is the pup? The dog needs to be at least 16 weeks old before it becomes socialized enough to be taken away from its parents.
- How reputable is the breeder? Your point of sale should be a licensed pet shop or a breeder registered with the Municipality.
- How healthy are the other animals? Check to see the health of the other puppies in the same litter and any other animals living in the same place. You do not want your new puppy exposed to sick animals in its infancy.
- Any other animal exposure? What other animals has your puppy been in contact with? This is important information to give the puppy’s new vet.
- What vaccinations have been done? Always demand a full inventory of vaccinations already given.
- Can a vet examine? Wherever possible have your new pet checked out by a licensed veterinarian before you purchase.
- Who is the original vet? Ask for the contact details of the veterinary centre of your pup and its parents. In most cases you will need the permission of the breeder if they have been imported.
- Is it child friendly? This is one of the most reasons for adoption, so bring along your family to ensure the pet interacts well and the decision is made as a group.
- Did the pet choose you? It can be a good sign if you let your pet choose you. Often you will know as soon as you meet the pups as to which you will be taking home, because he or she will gravitate towards you.
Dubai’s only official veterinary hospital, British Veterinary Hospital can to provide more information relating to the welfare and care of domestic pets and pet relocation on +971 4 321 8556.
Coming back to my dilemma, I’m doing all the research I can. However, if any of you have children growing up with pets, I’d love to hear your first-hand views on this.