Pattaya Daily News

19 June 2008 :: 14:06:16 pm 22297

Chaiyapreuk Veterinary Hospital

Chaiyapreuk Veterinary Hospital has been open now for over 5 months and has been doing extremely well. Although it is now the Low Season, clients are still flocking to their doors. Dr. Sudarat Patcharavasanun, the amiable vet told PDN that the probable reason for this continued custom is the location, out of the city centre, with convenient parking facilities and the good reputation she has already built up among the locals and tourists, largely from Bangkok.
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This is Dr. Sudarat’s first clinic; previously she worked at the Nern Plubwarn Hospital in Central Pattaya. The clinic specialises in dogs and cats, rather than exotic animals and her Pet Hotel is proving highly popular, especially among the foreign residents of Pattaya who often need to go abroad for various reasons and who welcome the care and consideration Dr. Suderat and her staff lavish upon these favourite pets. The Pet Hotel separates well from infected animals that she also cares for, who are quarantined in quarters upstairs. Dr. Suderat considers other reasons for the popularity of her Pet Hotel are that it is inexpensive, there are no waiting lists, and it is convenient and roomy; the pet guests being kept in lavish accommodation.

Taking care of sick pets is obviously a vocation for Dr. Sudarat, judging by the softening of her features whenever she mentions them. Her clinic is extremely well-equipped with the latest medical technology and amenities, including x-ray and ultra-sound and her currently four, soon to be six staff are all medically trained and experienced. She conducts operations and many vaccinations. Some of the diseases she has to deal with include parvo-virus, one of the causes of distemper, sarcoptic (dry) mange and other skin infections, caused by bacteria, fungal infections and allergies. However, one of her greatest recurring problems is the damage wrought by the ticks and mites that plague Pattaya in particular, as can be seen by the numerous hairless dogs which flock the streets, many of whom are the victims of tick-infestation, when they are not suffering from mange. The poor animals have literally scratched off all their fur because of the irritation of the ticks.

Pattaya has one of the worst tick infestations in the country according to Dr. Sudarat, who puts this down to the high humidity, close proximity to the sea and frequent rain. She maintains nearly every house and many condos in the city house ticks and they are not easy to get rid of. Treatment for tick-infestation includes spraying the animals, shampooing with a chemical dilution, injection, antibiotics and placing oil drops on the neck. Ticks come in three varieties: the very small larvae, small red spider-like males and fat, grub-like females. They infest the environment of homes, which also need to be sprayed if pets are affected to prevent a recurrence.

Current accommodation in the Pet Hotel costs Bt100 per day for small dogs, and up to Bt150 per day for large ones. Cat care costs are between Bt80-100 daily. However, for month-long stays these are discounted to Bt100 and Bt80, respectively. These prices don’t include the cost of food and owners often supply their own, or leave sufficient funds for Dr Sudarat’s staff to buy their pets’ favourite food. Alternatively, the pet hotel can also supply food for a small fee. At present, with Soi Chaiyapreuk undergoing extensive road works, it’s best to approach the Veterinary Hospital from Sukhumvit Road.

 

 

 


Chaiyapruek Pet Hospital

Chaiyapruek 1 Road Jomtien Pattaya
Telephon 0 3823 3045 – 6

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : PDN staff   Category : Lifestyle

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