By Anna Valmero
MAKATI CITY, METRO MANILA— For residents of Makati City and nearby Fort Bonifacio Global City, the Animal House Veterinary Hospital and Grooming Center along Jupiter Avenue offers refuge when pet owners had to rush their dogs or cats for a medical consultation during unholy hours.
I am a notorious example of these midnight consultations when I brought my Chow Spitz mix and Pomeranian pups between 12am to 2am due to suspected fracture and vomiting problems.
The clinic is accessible from Buendia Avenue. The stretch of Jupiter Avenue is lined up with wholesome karaoke bars so it is safe to go to this area even if it is late at night.
Outside, the pet clinic might appear small with its small sign but it is actually spacious when you enter the glass doors. The white walls and the waiting area would remind you of hospitals, but with your dogs waiting to be checked by the doctors.
Upon arrival, pet owners are told to register their pet and information on a card. They will be assigned a number and will be called on their turn.
Most of the clients, says graveyard shift veterinarian, Dr. Agnes Laforteza, are working people who cannot afford to bring their pets for checkup during the day so being open 24×7 is a big help for them.
It is also during this time that the clinic is rarely full because the peak hours of consultations are during the afternoon. Aside from saving time and less queues, exposure to lesser dogs means less health risks for your dog.
Most of the pets taken to the clinic are dogs and cats. Like in other clinics, the assistant to the veterinarian will take the rectal temperature of the dogs and weigh them using a digital scale so it is more accurate than traditional scales. You are required to accompany your dog throughout the procedure.
While waiting, you can scout for food pet and accessories that are on sale. Or you can look for chewable dental sticks because they are often on sale at the clinic’s store.
Then, the veterinarian examines the dog and based on his injury or medical condition, an x-ray or complete blood count test will be done. Fortunately, the results are given five to ten minutes after the laboratory exams and the doctor translates the results. The pet owner are also given copies of the result so you can bring them along for records.
For pets undergoing surgery and neutering, they are required to stay for an intravenous therapy.
What I love about their service is the quality. The 500-peso consultation fee is worth it as the doctor explains the condition of your pets and gives you additional tips on how to keep them healthy. Make sure to list down and remember all your questions on pet behavior and health to make the most of the consultation.
Beware of buying pet grooming kits, though, such as the ear cleaning kit for ear mites especially if your pet is mischievous when his ears are touched. Instead of cleaning your pet’s ears, you may end up damaging your pet’s outer ear.
“Keeping your pets healthy is a responsibility of every pet owner. A healthy dog is bright, alert and responsive. If he fails to possess these characteristics and he suddenly becomes lethargic from being a lively dog, chances are that the dog has problems. So consult your veterinarian for proper diagnosis,” Laforteza said.
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