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Post by Moonlight_Cat » Sat, 10 May 2008 3:21 pm

well I am informed about quarantine as I am veterinarian ;) that wouldnt be any problem and in the end we plan to move in march 2009 so there is enough time left.

What i want to find out is, whether life for a dog in singapore is fun or not...If there are zillions of rules but nothing allowed for dog owners and there pets it gets a problem. (f.i. if you are not allowed to transport dogs with MRT or taxi you cant take them for a walk around into a park etc...)

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Post by durain » Sat, 10 May 2008 5:11 pm

does a veterinarian know how to put a subject on the posting? instead of just putting a smiley face?

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Post by taxico » Sat, 10 May 2008 6:39 pm

when i visit my parents in singapore, i don't always rent a car as it's for short periods of time (1 week at a time).

when i take their dogs out, i normally call for a cab and tell them that i intend to transport dogs of whatever size and relay that info to the driver.

one of the main problems is that there are muslim cab drivers out there, so hailing one off the street tends to pose a problem as they avoid you when they see you're with a canine friend.

(despite being told by middle-eastern friends that muslims CAN be near/touch dogs; its the saliva that they need to avoid. even if they come in contact with the saliva, it can be washed off...)

however if you own only 1 dog and it's a toy dog (like my mom's 2 yorkies), you can skirt that by bringing it out in a carrier.

the cabs i hail when i only bring 1 dog out are none the wiser to the fact i have a pet with me. i also get on trains with 1 dog with me in a bag.

however, i doubt this will work if your dog's quite naughty/likes to bark.

as for places to play... there're parks aplenty and there're dog shows once or twice a year. there're too many dogs in singapore for them to be totally anti-dog! but i wouldn't bring them out to sea cos they tend to get some oil on the coat due to the shipping lanes...

not many places are dog friendly, however. i think all shopping malls would kick you out and i only know of very very few (2 or 3) cafes that allow dogs as it's a government rule that for health reasons you can't bring an animal into places that sells food, whether the owner allows it or not.

but i know most outdoor cafes allow you to tie the dog up to a post or chair outside.

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Post by maneo » Sat, 10 May 2008 8:40 pm

Moonlight_Cat wrote:well I am informed about quarantine as I am veterinarian ;) that wouldnt be any problem and in the end we plan to move in march 2009 so there is enough time left.

What i want to find out is, whether life for a dog in singapore is fun or not...If there are zillions of rules but nothing allowed for dog owners and there pets it gets a problem. (f.i. if you are not allowed to transport dogs with MRT or taxi you cant take them for a walk around into a park etc...)
There aren't zillions of rules.
Just check the AVA site so you'll know what to expect.

In private condos you can have up to 3 dogs, but with the size of apartments, that might be too much.

Our dog loves it here.
He was ecstatic once he got out quarantine.
There are plenty of activities to keep dogs busy.

I walk my dog in nearby West Coast Park every weekend.
He seems to meet new dogs every time.

There is a dog run in Bishan Park.
I believe there are weekly gatherings, though I've never taken our dog there yet.
Not sure he would behave well enough.
Follow this link and see where it takes you:
http://www.petschannel.com/events/event ... s.cfm?e=83

There are even dog cafes in SG.
My wife has arranged a "date" for our dog next week. :roll:

As mentioned above, you should make advance arrangements with cabs.
Cab fares are quite reasonable.

If you do take your dog for a swim, you will need to shampoo it afterwards.
Also keep in mind that some people might be offended by the presence of a dog.

All this should put your mind at ease, assuming you can get your dog to SG.
You should know about the issue some airlines have with Brachycephalic dogs.
http://www.singaporeair.com/saa/en_UK/c ... sp#Header8

However, as a vet you might be able to convince some airline to take your dog.
The following links suggest that it might be possible:
http://www.petplace.com/dogs/airline-ru ... page1.aspx
http://www.bringfido.com/airregulations.htm

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