What to consider when buying a puppy in Egypt?Liz Mallia
Or perhaps you want to live there? Do you also love dogs? If so, you may be thinking about getting a canine companion to keep you company in your new country.
Important Import Regulations
Egypt spans from the eastern Mediterranean to the arid Middle East and sparkling Red Sea in the west. If you plan to bring a dog or puppy to Egypt, do check the local regulations with your embassy and the local government. If you familiarise yourself with these rules, you will avoid problems later on. Be aware that since June 2017, Egypt has cut ties with Qatar and does not permit pet transports to or from the latter.
You will find that you’ll need to deal with plenty of bureaucracy and red tape. Luckily, you can seek help from various companies that can assist you in importing your pet to Egypt. These companies understand the rules, regulations and procedures involves in importing animals and we, at NewDoggy.com are always here to help you.
Egyptian law does not require you to microchip your dog; however, it is better to be safe than sorry. Microchip your dog and register your contact information to make it easy for your dog to be identified. If you choose not to microchip your dog, be sure they have identity tags with your contact information on them.
It is obligatory to vaccinate your dog against rabies. The vaccination should be done between 30 days and 11 months before the dog enters Egypt. It’s also sensible to make sure your dog has all the other usual vaccines, such as Parvo and distemper (be sure to consult your vet for further information).
Although there’s no obligation to treat your dog for parasites before travelling to Egypt, it is a good idea to do so. You might find it difficult to get the usual range of anti-parasitic products and medications once you leave your home country.
Your dog will also need a Health Certificate to enter Egypt. You’ll need to get the official paperwork (the Veterinary Certificate for Egypt) filled in by a government approved veterinarian within 14 days of travel. You will also need this certificate to be endorsed by the government authority or agency responsible for the import and export of animals in your home country.
Before your dog leaves, take them to the quarantine office at the airport 48 hours before leaving for Egypt. The quarantine office will issue a new health certificate, and a permit to export the pet (you will have to pay a small fee).
Arriving by Air
Your dog will need to travel by air to Egypt, landing in Cairo International Airport. On arrival, your pet will be examined to make sure they are free of diseases that can be spread to humans. If there is any doubt as to your pet’s health, a vet might be called (at your expense). If your pet gets the all clear, you can take him or her to your new home. Be aware that the law requires your pet to remain in your custody for the first three months in Egypt.
You should definitely familiarise yourself with any local regulations concerns dogs and dog keeping. You will need to get a license for your dog. You can apply for one with an Egyptian vet once you’ve arrived. Although there are no strict rules about keeping your dog on a leash, it is better to do so. Many Muslims consider dogs to be unclean and some people might be scared of dogs. You can also keep your dog safe from the busy traffic in Egypt.
Housing can trick because many rental properties do not allow pets. Be sure to consult with the landlord or property manager before you commit to renting a property. Apartments and houses in Egypt might be smaller than what your dog is used to, depending what area you move to. The scorching summer heat and cold desert nights means your dog will be spending a lot of time inside. Keep your dog happy and active with long walks in the cool of the evening, and toys and games inside the house.
Once you and your dog have settled in, you’ll need to find a vet, and possible a trainer, a groomer, and a boarding kennel. There is the British Animal Hospital with branches in Giza and Ad Doqi, Happy Pets Veterinary Clinic in Nasr City, and the Cats and Dogs Vet Clinic in Alexandria, to name but a few. Ask other expats for their recommendations.
Some veterinary clinics offer grooming services. You can also find groomers at Pets Nation. Pets Nation also has pet shops where you can buy various supplies.
There is a good selection of dog trainers to choose from in Egypt. To name just a few: Mahmoud Fady Academy, Eastwind Training, and Dog Training Centre K9 Egypt all offer training services.
Many vet clinics have boarding kennels. You can also try Kelabi Dog Boarding in Cairo.