Pets & Vets & Animals In Abu Dhabi
The value of having pets in our life is incredible - we treat our dog, cat or bird like a friend, or even like a family member. When moving to UAE you may want to take the family pet with you or adopt a pet here in UAE, please be aware of a certain number of regulations which you must adhere to. Having pets in the UAE is completely different to any other country: the climate is hot and the pets are not permitted in the most public places. Read our articles about importing the pets to UAE and giving them the right care.
ExpatWoman Pets of the Month - Oliver & Prince
Attached is a picture of my two boys Oliver (ginger) and Prince (tabby). I adopted Oliver from Feline Friends and I rescued Prince on the same day from a friend who found him all alone in the garden. They are about 1 month apart in age, Oliver being the eldest and biggest! However, Prince wears the trousers! Since bringing them home they have been inseparable! They absolutely love each other! They play together, with the odd argument, sleep together, eat together, clean each other. Despite this they are actually 2 very different characters.
We call Prince a flirt! He loves the ladies! When ever a female visits he doesn't leave them alone until he gets attention from them. He loves to have his back scratched and his belly rubbed. He does a really cute meow every time he yawns. He will eat anything....even though we try to only give him cat food he is partial to porridge and ice lollies! He can open our bedroom door by jumping at the handle so we have to keep it locked, he is very mischievous!! Oliver is much more timid and shy, especially around new people. He has his hiding spots behind the sofa and at the side of our washing machine. However, he loves cuddles and is a complete lap cat! Every night when I get home from work he will fall asleep on my lap. He loves being stroked around his face especially under his chin and on his ears. He is very loving and sometimes gives you a kiss or if he really likes you he will wash you!! He loves laying in the sun and being warm.
I love my babies soooo much and they are actually travelling back to the UK with me in May, let's hope they adjust to the cold weather and the 3 dogs they will be living with!
If you want your dog, cat, mouse, hamster, horse or cockatiel to be our next Pet of the Month then email a pic and brief description to firstname.lastname@example.org
Pet Charities & Shelters In Abu Dhabi
If you are looking to foster a pet, volunteer your services, need advice on helping strays- you are in the right place. Here we take a closer look at the shelters and animal societies in Abu Dhabi and how you can help. You can adopt or foster a cat or dog that is looking for a loving home. Pets are a great addition to your life and you can be providing a home for a poor animal in need of some tender love and care. Find out how you can help Animal Action Abu Dhabi and The Abu Dhabi Animal Shelter and find out about money and awareness raising events that are being held. Read More>>
How To Not Lose Your Pet!
We get so many threads from desperate people on our forum saying that they have lost their pet. We’ve had everything go missing from parrots to rabbits, cats to dogs and hamsters to tortoises. It can be so upsetting for you and your family if a beloved pet goes missing. There is some great advice in this article for prevention of escapes and understanding the mentality of your lost animal. We’ve some top tips for you here on how to try and make sure your pet dog or pet cat doesn’t escape or get lost and also what steps to take to try and find a lost pet. Read More>>
Importing and keeping pets in UAE
Firstly check that they will be allowed where your accommodation is being provided. Not all places allow pets and the last thing you want is to arrive with Rover and not be allowed to keep him. Secondly be aware that UAE is not very pet friendly in as far as the extreme heat in summer makes exercising your pet uncomfortable for you and the pet so consider the type of pet you are wanting to bring.For example a cat or small dog that is used to an apartment should fit in ok whilst a large dog or a cat that loves the outdoors might really struggle. There is a severe shortage of places that dogs are allowed to run off the lead and in most cases dogs are not allowed in public places at all. Read More>>
Hawksbill Turtles Start Nesting at Park Hyatt Saadiyat
The first of the season’s nests have been spotted on the beach strip close to Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi on Saadiyat Island. Every year the beautiful environmentally protected beach on Saadiyat Island is home to one of the most endangered turtle species in the world, the hawksbill turtle. These turtle nests can contain between 90 and 100 eggs and have been clearly marked by government entities to ensure hotel guests don’t disturb the hatching, expected within 50-70 days. The turtles nest on the island every year between the months of April and August, after travelling half-way around the globe. Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi makes sure that all guests and employees are equally committed about this exciting time. Find Out More>>
The UAE Dolphin Project
The UAE Dolphin Project aims to investigate the dolphin population along the UAE coastline, to provide scientific baseline information and raise public awareness. This is done through the implementation of a research program as well as running a media campaign and educational programs involving the public and private organisations. The ultimate goal is to promote the conservation of dolphin species and the local marine environment. As the first project monitoring coastal dolphins in the whole Arabian Gulf, it is a pioneering undertaking. It entails the collaboration of national and international, private and public institutions and organizations. The project is a non-profit based initiative.They need you to help report any sightings in the UAE. Visit Their Website>>
Our Feathered Friends In The UAE
The UAE’s geographical position halfway between Europe and Asia coupled with its fine weather means that the UAE is on a major migration route for birds travelling from Asia to Africa and vice versa, as well as having many species that live here year round. Around 400 species have been spotted in the UAE and many on the list are unusual, rare or just plain spectacular. The UAE has a wide range of different habitats; mountains, off shore islands and rocky outcrops, mangrove swamps, tidal wetlands, mud flats, lagoons and desert scrub. This variation attracts a wide range of species: Seabirds, Sand Grouse, Bee-eaters, Flamingos, Kingfishers, Eagles, Vultures, Owls, Gulls, Larks and the list goes on! With many of us not having grown up in the region, we are sometimes not familiar with the visitors to our gardens. Here is a look at the most common garden birds in the UAE…Find Out More>>
Arthritis in Pets
Arthritis in pets is very common. Arthritis is a chronic, slow progressing condition that is caused by the breakdown and destruction of your pet's cartilage. As that occurs, the bony structures begin to rub against one another causing pain and discomfort. While surgery may be able to help in some situations, most of the time the degeneration of the joint cannot be reversed and treatment focuses on preventing progression of damage.Cartilage decreases joint stress by reducing impact on the ends of the bones in joints, like a gelatinous shock absorber. When cartilage is damaged, a cascade of inflammatory changes occur, eventually leading to destruction of the cartilage and subsequent damage to the underlying bone. Cartilage contains no nerves- if your pet is showing any signs of pain, the damage and changes in underlying bone have already begun. Read More>>
Why does my cat bite me when I am stroking him?
Strange as it may seem, your cat is not biting you out of hostility, but because he is a perfectly normal cat. Many cats nip and bite when they're happy, particularly if they have a low threshold for stimulation. You can learn the warning signs of when your cat is becoming over- stimulated. You might feel his muscles tense up or see his tail twitch or his rear end waggle. If you can tell he's about to bite, stop petting, and pet him again when he's calmed down.If your cat is stalking your feet, he's engaging in what is called predatory-play behavior. He has a natural instinct to attack moving objects in the wild. Indoors, your feet are the only moving prey he has to ambush. The easiest way to prevent this behavior is by making sure your cat is neutered, which is the first step toward making him less aggressive. Read More>>
Rabbit Dental Disease
Dental disease in pet rabbits remains one of the most common problems. In recent years we have come to a better understanding of causes, prevention and treatment of these diseases. Rabbits are herbivores that are designed to eat a diet comprised of a wide variety of vegetation from succulent to tough, dry material. All of the rabbit's teeth grow continuously throughout its life to compensate for the pronounced wear created by long periods of chewing on abrasive foods.Rabbit teeth have a natural curve as they grow. If the crown of a cheek tooth becomes overgrown it can come into contact with either the inside of the cheek or the edge of the tongue resulting in painful ulcers. These ulcers can be painful enough to cause the pet to stop eating. Read More>>
Whether you just found an orphaned kitten, or you adopted a kitten, there are some things you need to know about how to care and raise them. An orphaned kitten, who has not been weaned, will need a lot more care then one that is eight weeks or older. Do not ever give the kitten cow milk! Their system cannot handle cow milk, and you will have a mess to clean up afterwards. Try giving water at first. If it’s a little older, you can try soft cat food, or dry cat food. Once you get the all clear from the vet, you can introduce your orphaned kitten to the rest of the family.Work on litter training by putting them in the litter box every few hours, if you see them squatting, pick them up right away and put them in the litter box. If you see pooh on the floor, don’t throw it away. Instead, put it in the litter box so the kitten will smell it, and learn to go potty in the box. It may take a few tries, so be patient. Read More>>
Bird Habitat Tips
First things first, budgies are fun pets to keep. They are lively, intelligent and playful. They can learn to speak and do tricks. A budgie is sure to brighten up any home. If you have ever had a budgerigar in your family then you will know just how rewarding it can be. They definitely develop their own personality. And it can be a lot of fun to play with them or watch them flap about the room. Keeping one of these wonderful birds is a great way to teach children about responsibility and loyalty. They can also be a great comfort to isolated people like the elderly, who might get lonely without company. Read More>>
Animal Parks & Zoos in Abu Dhabi
Find out more about the zoos in Abu Dhabi and the surrounding areas. Al Ain Zoo is home to over 4,000 animals; at least 30% of its 180 species are considered endangered. The park covers 900 hectares near the base of Jebel Hafeet. Visitors can see the large animal collections in enclosures that resemble their natural habitats as closely as possible. Giraffes, zebras and rhinoceroses co-exist in the mixed African exhibit, while wildlife typical of the local region, such as the indigenous Arabian Oryx and sand gazelle also share a habitat. There are plenty of green public spaces ideal for picnics and also playgrounds, a cafeteria and a train tour of the wildlife area. Find Out More>>