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The Led Zeppelin cover version of “In my time of dying” is playing in your head. You uncomfortably grasp a pair of nail clippers, fiddling with it, as your dog is nervously cowering in a corner in that same room. You groan. You don’t want to do this to your dog but you just feel you have to. It’s that time every few weeks when you are forced to clip your dog’s nails. They’ve grown too long and they’re ripe for harvest. You can’t bear the thought of getting another strand of wool to be pulled out of your favourite woollen jersey; or the clicking sound of your dog’s nails tapping your bedroom’s wooden floor that was waking you up rudely these past couple of mornings. You feel petty, but clipping those nails is a necessary evil if this otherwise perfect relationship is to continue.

When?

Working dogs or dogs that are taken out on relatively long walks do not usually have a problem with long nails because they frequently wear them down during their high intensity daily activities. Some dogs also have softer nails and do not have a problem wearing their nails down while living a relatively low key life style. The normal, average dog, however, needs our help to manage the growth of its nails. When a dog’s nails are disproportionally long and do not look like they are getting worn out on their own, or are curling in on themselves, or even growing out into unusual directions – then it is time for your dog’s nails to be trimmed. Failing to do so in time will result in your dog growing deformed unhealthy nails that can hinder your dog’s proper movement. These nails might also break and be of serious pain and discomfort to your dog. A split nail might also result in infection and might require you to take your dog to the vet and get its nail surgically removed. It is also suggested to trim your dog’s dewclaws, if he has them, as they can easily get caught in random stuff and result in the injury of your dog.

How?

The most common method is by using a dedicated dog nail clipper. One must be careful to only cut the non-vascularised part of the nail. This is easy to make out in dogs with non-pigmented or lightly pigmented nails but it’s much more difficult with dogs that have dark nails. The rule is to trim a bit away from the pinkish part of the nail when this is visible. As said before, this is not very visible in dogs with dark nails and it’s therefore suggested that such dogs be taken to a professional groomer or get the veterinarian to trim the dog’s nails during your dog’s regular check-up. Note that being a professional groomer or a veterinarian does not exempt you from losing the gamble that is trimming dark nails and even they might sometimes trim into the vascularised part. However, they are used to and are better equipped to handle the resultant bleeding.

There are also other methods of trimming your dog’s nails besides using a pair of dedicated nail clippers. If the dog is not particularly panicky one can use a small hand held electric routing tool with an abrasive bit to artificially wear the dog’s nails down. One can also use a nail file or a high grit rasp instead if the dog is scared of the routing tool’s sound. It may take longer but the dog might take to it better and not get as stressed out.

What should I do if I mess up?

As said above, even the best of professionals mess up every once in a while. However a bleeding nail should be no reason to panic. It usually can stop bleeding on its own, but in order to avoid making a mess and get blood all over the place, a common home remedy is to put ground coffee on the bleeding nail. Coffee acts as a local vasoconstrictor and this slows the bleeding down to help with quick coagulation. There are also dedicated pharmacological products on the market that are used for this purpose. Ask your veterinarian about these products if you would like to trim your dog’s nails at home. It is also advisable that you ask your Veterinarian to instruct you on how to trim your dog’s nails properly before taking the plunge and go DIY on your dog’s nails. This will most definitely help to make it a less traumatic experience for you and your dog.


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  1. All dogs entering Dubai from a low-risk country at least 15 weeks old, and those entering from a high-risk country must be at least 27 weeks old.
  2. Microchip – All dogs entering and residing in Dubai must be equipped with either a 9 or 15 digit microchip.
  3. Import Permit – All dogs entering Dubai must be equipped with a Special Permit from the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment. Valid for 30 days.
  4. Vaccinations* – Depending on the country of origin, your pet might need a rabies shot on top of all the age appropriate vaccinations. Dubai specific vaccinations: Canine Distemper Virus, Canine Parvo Virus, Infectious Canine Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Rabies.
  5. Rabies Titer Test * – All dogs entering Dubai must be tested for rabies no later than 14 days before the planned travel date. ( Only from specific
  6. Parasite check - All pets travelling to Dubai must receive preventive treatments against internal and external parasites in the 14 days before travel by an authorised and competent vet.
  7. Health Check – A Health Check by a veterinarian is mandatory in order to obtain permissions to enter Dubai.
  8. Pet Passport – This document verifies that the puppy is fully healthy and up-to-date on their vaccinations.


* The United Arab Emirates classifies all countries into two rabies categories:
  • Low-risk countries: Albania, Andorra, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Falkland Island, Fiji, Finland, French Polynesia, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, South Korea, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Maldives, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Micronesia, Montenegro, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Palau, Portugal, San Marino, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, UK, and Vanuatu.
  • High-risk countries: All other countries are considered high-risk countries.
** Only for puppies from high-risk countries
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  1. All dogs entering Abu Dhabi from a low-risk country at least 15 weeks old, and those entering from a high-risk country must be at least 27 weeks old.
  2. Microchip – All dogs entering and residing in Abu Dhabi must be equipped with either a 9 or 15 digit microchip.
  3. Import Permit – All dogs entering Abu Dhabi must be equipped with a Special Permit from the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment. Valid for 30 days.
  4. Vaccinations* – Depending on the country of origin, your pet might need a rabies shot on top of all the age appropriate vaccinations. Abu Dhabi specific vaccinations: Canine Distemper Virus, Canine Parvo Virus, Infectious Canine Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Rabies.
  5. Rabies Titer Test * – All dogs entering Abu Dhabi must be tested for rabies no later than 14 days before the planned travel date. ( Only from specific
  6. Parasite check - All pets travelling to Abu Dhabi must receive preventive treatments against internal and external parasites in the 14 days before travel by an authorised and competent vet.
  7. Health Check – A Health Check by a veterinarian is mandatory in order to obtain permissions to enter Abu Dhabi.
  8. Pet Passport – This document verifies that the puppy is fully healthy and up-to-date on their vaccinations.


* The United Arab Emirates classifies all countries into two rabies categories:
  • Low-risk countries: Albania, Andorra, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Falkland Island, Fiji, Finland, French Polynesia, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, South Korea, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Maldives, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Micronesia, Montenegro, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Palau, Portugal, San Marino, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, UK, and Vanuatu.
  • High-risk countries: All other countries are considered high-risk countries.
** Only for puppies from high-risk countries
Travel Requirements

The following is needed to bring a puppy into Hong Kong:


  1. All dogs entering Hong Kong must be at least 3 months old.
  2. Microchip – All dogs entering and residing in Hong Kong must be equipped with either a 9 or 15-digit microchip.
  3. Import Permit – All dogs entering Hong Kong must be equipped with a Special Permit from the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department. Valid for up to 6 months.
  4. Vaccinations* – Depending on the country of origin, your pet might need a rabies shot on top of all the age appropriate vaccinations. Hong Kong specific vaccinations: Canine distemper, infectious canine hepatitis, canine parvovirus and rabies.
  5. Health Check – A Health Check by a veterinarian is mandatory in order to obtain permissions to enter Hong Kong.
  6. Pet Passport – This document verifies that the puppy is fully healthy and up-to-date on their vaccinations.
  7. Captain’s Affidavit – Document to be provided by the airline personnel confirming that your dog has not left its crate or interacted with other pets at any point during the journey.


* Hong Kong classifies countries into 3 groups. Vaccinations against rabies are only required from Groups 2 & 3.
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  • Group 3: All other countries.
** Only for puppies from high-risk countries
Travel Requirements

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  1. All pets entering Switzerland must be equipped with a 15-digit microchip that is compliant with ISO 11784/11785.
  2. Dogs must be vaccinated against distemper.
  3. Rabies vaccinations are mandatory. Dogs must receive their first rabies vaccine at least 21 days before entering the country.*
  4. The state veterinarian of the origin country must equip the dog with a valid Health Certificate.
  5. Import Permit – all dogs entering from a 3rd level rabies country must carry an import permit issued at least three weeks in advance. Entry points through Basel, Geneva, Zurich.
  6. Different regulations depending on whether it is a commercial purchase or individual and where the dog is coming from.


* Specifications differ for booster shots. ** Switzerland categorises countries by level of risk of rabies in three levels.
  • Level 1: All EU Member States and Andorra, Switzerland, Faeroe Islands, Gibraltar, Greenland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Northern Ireland, Norway, San Marino, Vatican City State.
  • Level 2 (Low Risk of Rabies): Ascension Island, United Arab Emirates, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Aruba, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Barbados, Bahrain, Bermuda,Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba, Belarus, Canada, Chile, Curaçao, Fiji, Falkland Islands, Great Britain (including Crown dependencies), Hong Kong, Jamaica, Japan, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Cayman Islands, Saint Lucia, North Macedonia, Montserrat, Mauritius, Mexico, Malaysia, New Caledonia, New Zealand, French Polynesia, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Russia, Singapore, Saint Helena, Sint Marteen, Trinidad and Tobago, Taiwan, United States of America, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, British Virgin Islands, Vanuatu, Wallis and Futuna.
  • Level 3: All other countries are considered as having a high risk of rabies.
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