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What Should Diplomats Consider Before Adopting a Dog?

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The life of a diplomat is often characterized by unpredictability, travel and busy schedules. It’s hard to own a dog in such situations. A furry companion will need stability and constant care, which they might not be able to provide.

Brown German Shepherd dog (Photo via Pexels)
Brown German Shepherd dog (Photo via Pexels)

Even then, reports suggest that thousands of pets accompany American diplomats on their work trips. These pets provide emotional support for their transient lifestyle. 

Are you in the Foreign Service and want to adopt a cute little furball? In that case, you’ll have to weigh various factors before adopting the canine. Examples include the dog’s size, clinically proven nutrition requirements, etc. You should also ensure stable environments even when navigating international travel regulations.  

In this post, we’ll discuss a few thoughtful considerations every diplomat should follow before adopting a dog.

#1. BREED SUITABILITY

Dog walker (Photo via Pexels)
Dog walker (Photo via Pexels)

Understanding the dog breed’s suitability for your lifestyle is paramount. For instance, each breed will have unique characteristics, energy levels, and temperaments. Diplomats don’t have the luxury of selecting whatever breed they want to adopt.

Let’s say you want to adopt a Great Dane. This breed can get up to 32 inches tall. Traveling with them can get challenging because of the increased space requirements. Similarly, you should avoid aggressive dog breeds like Chihuahuas and Dachshunds. 

Instead, you must select a breed that can easily adapt to your living situation and lifestyle. Try choosing a high-energy dog with an average build and a healthy weight. Examples include German Shepherds, Huskies, Golden Retrievers, Corgis, etc. This way, you can ensure a harmonious match between the dog’s needs and your lifestyle. 

#2. FEEDING REQUIREMENTS

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Photo via Pexels

Before you adopt a furry friend, consider their feeding requirements. You must assess your ability to provide proper nutrition and consistent feeding schedules. For instance, the dietary needs will depend on the dog’s age, size, and breed.

How can diplomats give their dogs a balanced diet with essential nutrients? Well, they can choose high-quality commercial dog food.

Hill’s r/d Canned Dog Food is one such product that can ensure any breed’s well-being and health. Ingredients like a niacin supplement, calcium carbonate, folic acid, powdered cellulose, and vitamins make it a good choice. It also contains therapeutic L-carnitine, which helps maintain lean muscle mass and quickly metabolize fat. 

According to PetCareRx, every pet parent should gradually transition to this new pet food to avoid digestive upsets. For example, you can mix a little of this canned food in your dog’s current diet and increase the amount slowly over the next seven days. Vets suggest feeding your dog at least two meals a day, 12 hours apart. 

Diplomats should also consider the dog’s special dietary requirements or restrictions. Examples include allergies and food sensitivities. Try to keep these in mind when choosing canned dog food and supplements to promote optimal health and vitality. 

#3. LIFESTYLE COMPATIBILITY

Dog playing fetch with tennis ball (Photo via Unsplash)
Dog playing fetch with tennis ball (Photo via Unsplash)

As a diplomat, your life is filled with frequent travel and demanding schedules. That’s why you must consider lifestyle compatibility when contemplating dog ownership. Assess whether your job roles will allow you to give adequate attention, care, and time to your canine best friend.

Think about your social engagements and commitments. Even travel obligations should be carefully planned and considered to ensure the canine’s well-being. Similarly, your living arrangements should have suitable access to outdoor space for play times to ensure a healthy immune system. 

Sometimes, you can take your furball with you when you’re going on a work trip. According to an article by Bay Atlantic University, diplomats can visit foreign countries for free without visa requirements. Your dog also won’t need a visa. 

What they’ll require is a government-issued pet passport. They’ll also need vaccination, acclimation and veterinary inspection certificates. Moreover, your dog must have proof of microchipping before getting on the plane.

#4. HOUSING REGULATIONS

Dog on its bed (Photo via Unsplash)
Dog on its bed (Photo via Unsplash)

Let’s say you want to travel with your dog and give them an active life. That’s when it’s crucial to consider housing regulations. For example, diplomatic residences and host country regulations might impose guidelines or restrictions regarding pet accommodation. 

Do you want to avoid potential conflicts? In that case, you must thoroughly research the housing regulations to understand the compliance requirements. These include pet fees or deposits, breed bans in the host countries, and size restrictions. Diplomats must adhere to these complex rules to ensure a harmonious relationship.

Along with these, don’t forget to consider the availability of outdoor space. You can also try to find pet-friendly hotels while traveling. Remember to inquire about pet quarantine guidelines and importation in each country. Similarly, make a list of pet-friendly amenities like parks and cafes in the area.

#5. VETERINARY ACCESS

Vet with domestic dog at clinic
Vet with domestic dog at clinic (Photo via Envato Elements)

The veterinary industry is set to grow at a 4.90% CAGR. By 2029, it’ll generate USD 155.88 billion worldwide. This rising demand proves that you’ll find a vet for your munchkin everywhere you go. 

A diplomat’s job role requires you to have access to quality veterinary services in your housing location. Remember to also research the availability of emergency services, specialists, and veterinary clinics in the area you’re traveling to. 

Imagine this: You’re navigating an international assignment with your Husky in the Middle East. However, the heat has made your dog feel dehydrated. If you have a list of the top vet clinics in the area, you can immediately take your canine best friend for treatment.

During such situations, you should also respect the cultural differences and keep in mind pet insurance coverage. All these will help you safeguard your dog’s health and have worry-free companionship during global assignments. 

In summary, diplomats should adopt a furry friend only after ensuring both their lifestyle and the dog’s well-being can align harmoniously. For instance, you should prioritize breed suitability, housing regulations, and travel requirements to establish a foundation for fulfilling companionship. Remember to consider veterinary access and feeding requirements while traveling to give them proper nutrition for healthy weight maintenance. 

By addressing these factors, diplomats can thoughtfully navigate various professional and personal challenges. Amidst your busy schedules, you can provide a loving environment for them. 

The decision to adopt a furry friend is a commitment to nurturing a bond of responsibility and mutual understanding. Are you ready for that?

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