Three pet care tips for new pet owners

Settling in with your new pet requires more than a veterinary visit


Did you know that, historically, January is the month with the highest number of new pet registrations? It might be because of the gift of pets during the festive season, but a Dubai-based veterinary hospital has seen a particularly large increase this year.

According to British Veterinary Hospital, there has been a 12 percent increase in new pets through their doors this January compared to 2017.

It seems like Dubai residents are true pet-lovers, but last month’s increase has prompted veterinary experts to raise awareness over setting up homes for new pets.

“Organise your pet’s first veterinary visit as soon as possible,” says Dr Sara Elliott, director at British Veterinary Hospital. “With a new puppy or kitten, we perform an initial physical exam to look for any signs of illness or disorder, along with a variety of other tests to ensure your new pet starts off on the right ‘paw’.”

Dr Elliott also highlights that registering your pet with Dubai Municipality is mandatory and that registration is required to be updated manually. If your new pet goes missing, the Municipality’s veterinary section has a central database that will enable your pet to be returned to you via its microchip.

“Annual vaccinations for Dhppi/L and Rabies for dogs, Flu/Enteritis and Rabies for cats are important vaccinations for your new pets. These too are annual and are compulsory,” Dr Elliott adds.

“Even though your pet may appear healthy, they might be sick without you even knowing and they can’t express some problems. And, by instinct, they’re also very good at compensating and hiding detectable signs or symptoms of disease from us.”

So there you have it. Take heed of Dr Elliott’s advice and we’re sure you’ll have the most rewarding, fun-filled life with the new members of your family.
For further information or advice visit British Veterinary Hospital, Villa 742, Al Wasl Roadd, Jumeirah 3, Dubai (04 321 8556).

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