In­dia’s 5-star vet treat­ments for pam­pered pets

New Straits Times - - World -

NEW DELHI: Acupunc­ture, blood fil­tra­tion, kid­ney cleanses. No treat­ment is too much for the furry friends of Delhi’s well­heeled res­i­dents, who splash out at five-star vet­eri­nary clin­ics to keep their pets healthy.

Teams of nurses and even for­eign vets of­fer­ing state-of-theart health­care to pets is a rel­a­tively new phe­nom­e­non in In­dia, where mil­lions live on less than $2 (RM9) a day and even life-sav­ing surgery is of­ten be­yond reach.

But in the posher sub­urbs of the cap­i­tal, wealthy own­ers bring in their pets for high-tech treat­ments found at few hos­pi­tals, let alone or­di­nary vet clin­ics.

“My baby had been vom­it­ing and re­fus­ing food. I re­ally got wor­ried,” said Su­nil Ku­mar, a tech ex­ec­u­tive who brought his dog Kuku for ex­ten­sive blood work at Delhi’s Re­nal­Vet clinic.

“The govern­ment-run clin­ics are free but they are pa­thetic.”

Re­nal­Vet claims to be the first pet clinic to of­fer pro­ce­dures in­clud­ing acupunc­ture and haemodial­y­sis — a blood cleans­ing pro­ce­dure — in South Asia.

Chabhi, a 14-year-old In­dian mon­grel, is one “pa­tient” un­der­go­ing kid­ney flushes for a chronic con­di­tion.

Blood is passed through a fil­ter and cy­cled back through free of tox­ins at a cost of US$100 per ses­sion, a small for­tune for most In­di­ans.

“The good thing about haemodial­y­sis in an­i­mals is that it is not for­ever,” said Dr Fer­nanda Scarpa Rodrigues, a Brazil­ian vet at Re­nal­Vet train­ing her In­dian coun­ter­parts.

“In fact, just af­ter a cou­ple of ses­sions, the pa­tient be­comes sta­ble and his con­di­tion can be con­trolled with diet and med­i­ca­tion at home.”

Suc­cess sto­ries abound, like that of pomera­nian Goldie.

It was suf­fer­ing from tick paral­y­sis un­til treated with acupunc­ture, the al­ter­na­tive Chi­nese medicine where fine nee­dles are in­serted into the body.

“Goldie’s hind legs col­lapsed one day and she could not walk,” said Aman Kaur, an acupunc­tur­ist at Re­nal­Vet.

“We started acupunc­ture and soon she was back on her feet. AFP

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