Some relief for animal owners

Cats will show stress if they don’t get their space, says Dr Amreet. — Filepic

PET owners are thankful their pets can still go for checkups on an appointment basis during the movement control order (MCO) period.

Nonagenarian Chua Ah Eng is happy and grateful that her pug dog Miso can visit the veterinarian monthly.

“My son will send Miso to the veterinarian for a checkup and also buy dog food for her.

“Miso is overweight and needs special dietary dog food, ” the 93-year-old woman said.

Meanwhile, veterinarian Dr Amreet Singh Gill, 49, said that as veterinary clinics are part of the essential service sector, his clinic is still open.

“We can operate from 8am to 8pm every day.

“Clients come based on prior appointments. We do not entertain those who walk in with their pets for consultation.

“Our consultations take about 30 minutes per pet owner.”

Dr Amreet said his business has been affected by the MCO.

“We used to handle between 20 and 30 cases a day.

“Since the MCO, we have closed our night clinic and accommodate only 12 consultations a day, which is half of our normal capacity.

“I expected this because people are reducing their movements.

“To help our clients staying on the mainland or in Balik Pulau, we will provide letters for their pets’ appointments, ” he said.

Dr Amreet noted that the MCO had also affected the behaviour of some animals.

“Some dogs that are not walked outside during the MCO have become anxious, aggressive and inactive with loss of appetite.

“Cats too love their own space. Some showed stress-related symptoms after being denied their space, especially with many family members staying indoors, ” said Dr Amjeet.

On Sunday, Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said veterinary clinics are allowed to operate during the MCO.

However, Ismail said pet owners must call the clinics nearest their home to set up an appointment first.

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