Cairo - Post Report Question and Answers

Quality pet care available (vets & kennels)?

OK. - Jun 2013

Yes, there are vets. Most people with pets have their maids walk their dogs and find friends to pet-sit on trips. - Jun 2013

Pretty good. There are good kennels; we used them when we first arrived (East Winds Kennel). We have a dog, and our maid watches the dog in our flat when we travel. If you plan to do that, make sure your maid is not Egyptian -- they are generally not too fond of dogs. - May 2013

There are plenty of vets in Cairo, and the cost is not exorbitant. But unfortunately, the care these vets provide ranges from middling to poor. I am only aware of one dog kennel (far from where most expats live) and a few cat boarding facilities (most with rescue groups that offer boarding as a way to raise money for their work). The one thing that is easy to get is a pet sitter - because domestic staff is easy to find and cheap, it is not an issue to get someone to take care of your animals while you are away. That said, many Egyptians are afraid of dogs, so just make sure whoever you hire is actually comfortable with your animal and has references. Another issue for dog owners is the Government of Egypt's means of controlling the street dog population - it uses meat laced with poison that is left on the streets for these animals. Beyond being a horribly cruel way to cull the population, several expats have lost their dogs when the animals have inadvertently gotten into poison on their walks. Some expats with dogs use muzzles to ensure that their animals do not inadvertently get into poison-laced food/trash on walks. - Feb 2013

Okay - but I would not bring a pet here. They are stuck inside all day, and taking them for walks can be very dangerous, as packs of rabid wild dogs roam the streets and prey on pets. People often carry large sticks or other means of protection to fend off animals that come too close. - Mar 2013

We've identified a good vet for our cats. - Mar 2013

Adequate. - Feb 2013

Don't know - Jan 2013

Sorry - don't know. Many have their maids care for their pets when absent. - Nov 2012

It is available, but as with human medicine/care ask for referrals from friends. - Jul 2011

Yes good vets and pet services. If you like cats Cairo's the place to be. They are everywhere and that means everywhere. You might see a hundred a day. Not to mention the packs of wild dogs roaming around. - Jun 2011

There are vets, but I don't know about kennels. - Sep 2010

There are plenty of good vets and several good kennels. - Jun 2010

There are vets here, but I hear the kennels aren't so good. Most people with dogs have their housekeeper watch them while they're away. - Dec 2009

There are good vets. - May 2008


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