Animal Health in Qatar

Information about vaccinations, finding a vet and looking after your pet in Qatar...

Dog and Cat Vaccinations

Animals should be vaccinated against rabies and other common animal diseases. The Qatar government requires that cats and dogs receive an annual rabies vaccination.

Cats should also be vaccinated against the following diseases when they are kittens:

  • Feline Rhinotrachitis (Flu)
  • Feline Panleukopinia (Enteritis)
  • Calici Virus
  • Chlamydia
  • Leukaemia

A cat should be given an annual booster for all of these, except leukaemia, along with their rabies vaccination.

Dogs should be given the DHPL vaccine which is for distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus and leptospirosis. This should be given to an animal annually along with their rabies vaccination.

Vets in Qatar

There are numerous vets all over Qatar. They can be found online and via the Qatar Yellow Pages. Many people choose to use a trusted vet recommended by a friend or colleague. Below is a list of vets with English-language websites:

Pet Threats and Diseases

Fleas, ticks and worms are endemic in Qatar. Ticks are particularly problematic in some areas and can carry a range of blood-borne diseases. Many live in sand and can get caught in dogs' paws. They can be extremely hard to get rid of; tick collars are recommended.

Heat stroke can be problematic for cats and dogs in Qatar; it can be particularly difficult for animals used to a much cooler climate. Neither dogs nor cats have good systems for dealing with heat. The following advice is provided to help prevent heat stroke:

  • Keep the animal's fur short
  • Never leave animals in a car, even if a window is left open
  • Keep animals in the shade as much as possible
  • Ensure that pets always have drinking water available to them
  • During particularly hot weather ensure animals have access to a room with air conditioning
  • Walk pets early in the morning or during the evening to minimise the risk of them burning their paws

Heat stroke can be fatal very quickly, so a vet should be contacted as quickly as possible for advice.