posted on 07/19/2022 05:59 / updated on 07/19/2022 06:00
07/18/2022. Credit: Minervino Júnior/CB/DA Press. Brazil. Brasilia DF. Public Veterinary Hospital in Taguatinga care for dogs and cats. Leila Costa with her kitten. – (credit: Minervino Júnior/CB/DAPress)
There are those who say that they just need to talk and that they are family members. The love for pets is so great that the slightest sign that something is not going well with the pet is reason to run to the vet. However, not everyone can afford to pay an animal health professional. In this sense, the Public Veterinary Service (Hvep), in Taguatinga Norte, assists sick dogs and cats free of charge. On-site consultations, laboratory and imaging tests, surgeries and medication administration are offered. The hospital works to expand services this year.
Owner of five dogs, administrative assistant Angela Maria Ribeiro, 50, rescues strays. Bento was the lucky one this time. Found at the Gama bus terminal on Sunday, the mixed breed dog (SRD) was run over and injured. Angela didn’t think twice about helping. “Whenever I find one, I bring it here. I think there should be more hospitals like this in the DF, they work and do their best to help the animals. of great value.
Seeking emergency care, tour guide Pedro Mata, 28, came from Chapada dos Veadeiros, in Goiás, with the American pit bull Sol and a few-day-old puppy. According to Pedro, this is not the first time that a 2.5-year-old dog has been cared for at Hvep in Taguatinga. “I already knew the hospital, because I brought Sol to treat the tick disease here a year ago”, he recalls. Now, the dog had a complication in childbirth.
Student Eduardo Vaz, 18, was waiting next to Princess, a 6-year-old dachshund. “I think she has the tick disease once again, because of the symptoms”, evaluates the tutor. The young man left Samambaia Sul to bring the little dog to be seen again at the hospital, the same one who helped her on other occasions. “This work done here is very important. These are animals that are often rescued or that have suffered an accident”, he emphasizes.
Nursing technician Leila Costa, 51, went to the free service for the first time. The resident of Taguatinga Sul took 8-month-old Tony Junior to the hospital after noticing that the cat was not eating or drinking water. “The service has been excellent. It is important, because the animals belong to our family”, says the tutor, who says she is “amazed with the service”.
At Hvep, 100 passwords are delivered per day, half of which are via online scheduling and the other part is distributed in person. Delivery takes place from 7:30 am and goes until 10 am or the limit of vacancies. For the delivery of 20 emergency passwords per day, the deadline is until 15:00. The emergency diagnosis is defined by the veterinarian. Services such as non-therapeutic castration, vaccination and deworming are not offered at the hospital.
Currently, Hvep offers general practice, surgical clinic and orthopedic care. For September, the forecast is for the expansion of services with the specialties of dermatology, ophthalmology, oncology and cardiology. “We make up to 100 vacancies a day, and the proposal of the public call is to increase to 150 consultations daily, counting on these specialties of ours. In addition, we will have 24-hour hospitalization for both dogs and cats”, says the director. of the unit, the veterinary doctor Mayara Cauper. Currently, admissions to the hospital end at 17:00.
Until May of this year, Hvep performed more than 102 thousand consultations, including consultations, imaging exams, surgeries and other services offered. The number of surgical procedures in the first five months of 2022 (11,179) is three times higher than those performed in the same periods of 2021 (2,982).
To prevent animals from getting sick, Mayara Cauper reinforces the need for the tutor to be aware of signs that something may be wrong, such as lack of appetite, change in urine color and discouragement. “Really, observe the behavior of the animal and, when it has some type of behavior modified, seek a veterinarian. In addition to doing annual vaccinations and deworming every six months”, warns the specialist.
With a cost below the market, the Hospital-Escola Veterinário (Hvet) of the University of Brasília (UnB) is another option for caring for pets. The amounts charged depend on the service, but the institution guarantees that they can reach up to 70% less than the prices charged by private clinics and hospitals. The services offered are: clinical and surgical care for dogs, cats, large animals and wild animals, small animal cardiology and laboratory tests. It is open from Monday to Friday, from 8 am to 6 pm. Consultations work by appointment via the online form, available at this link.
Vice-president of the Committee for the Defense of Animal Rights of the Brazilian Bar Association of the Federal District Section (OAB-DF), Ana Paula de Vasconcelos explains that Brazil has strict legislation regarding the mistreatment of dogs and cats, which impacts animal health care. “This issue is one more component in this new type of relationship in society”, emphasizes the lawyer.
Ana Paula highlights that, according to the World Health Organization, there is the concept of a single health that is animal, environmental and human. “They are inseparable”, points out the vice president of the commission. “From the moment you invest in animal health and environmental health, it directly reflects on human health. Hence the need for the government to increasingly provide this type of service”, she argues. Ana Paul considers that the service offered at Hvep should be expanded to more regions of the capital.