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2nd July 2014

What you need to know about owning a pet in Dubai

The city has tons of high-end pet amenities ranging from pet stores, to quality veterinary clinics, and dedicated parks. Dubai even has special events for its pet population, and is home to a myriad of magazines, blogs, and websites devoted to our fluffy companions.

Yet, despite the city’s love for animals, owning a pet in Dubai, in particular a cat or a dog can be a challenge. Large metropolitan cities can be tough on both owners and pets alike.

Therefore, as a pet owner it is important for you to understand your responsibilities. Being aware of laws related to pet ownership can help you protect yourself, your pet and others.

Dubai Municipality on Pet Ownership

We have tried to give you an abridged version of the city’s municipal codes concerning pets:

  • In Dubai, cats and dogs must be vaccinated and micro-chipped before registering with the municipality.
  • Cats and dogs must wear their municipality ID disc on their collars at all times.
  • Pets without a municipality disc are treated as stray and are impounded. As per rule, animals that remain unclaimed for eight days are either re-homed or put to sleep.
  • Cats and dogs must be vaccinated annually.
  • When out, dogs need to be kept on a lead at all times.
  • Be careful, it is illegal to sell animals in Dubai, without a licensed permission. Pets offered on notice boards must say “Free” or “Free of charge”.

If you are considering taking a pet in Dubai, you need to think seriously about the commitment that ownership entails. If you are unsure, call a local veterinarian to seek advice before making a decision.

For information on pet vaccination, micro-chipping, registration, and stray animal pound, contact the Dubai Municipality Veterinary Clinic on +971 4 289 1114 or visit the Dubai Municipality website. Use the site’s search feature to find forms and regulations associated with Good Health and Vaccination Certificates.



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