Dar Es Salaam - Post Report Question and Answers

Quality pet care available (vets & kennels)?

I heard the Italian vet left, and that's the only one we knew of that was high quality. The pet food is expensive and not that great. I would ship most food and medicines. - Feb 2013

We always left our dog with friends - I don't know there were any places where I would feel comfortable leaving my pet. - Feb 2013

There are two good vets, one Tanzanian and one Italian. Both will board animals but have limited space. There are a few farms out of town and up in Arusha that will board dogs for extended periods of time, but I don't know how pricey they are. Pet food is extremely expensive, but you can get it, even some specialty brands. There are a few nice pet stores. If you don't have a dog, there is a rescue group (Dar Animal Haven) that is very reputable and can help you find a pet. Tanzanians are cautious with dogs, and your employees may be uncomfortable with them, but I never had a problem bringing my dog with me pretty much everywhere. Many restaurants allow dogs in the outside seating areas. Be respectful and keep your dog on leash in rural settings, particularly villages, so as not to scare anyone. Cats are everywhere and are generally tolerated, but be careful because black cats may be persecuted or killed. - Aug 2011

No kennels, but there are a couple of good vets. - Jun 2010

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