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Broken jaws, bitten off ears, crippled lives: Stories that animals can't tell you

Author : Iryna Shostak

Source : 112 Ukraine

Sterilization, castration, vaccination - this is where the entire complex range of state veterinary clinics ends. In any other case, you would go to a private clinic. But what to do when private medicine is also powerless?
21:00, 7 July 2021

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Hundreds of kilometers from help

Let's get into entertaining math. There are more than 60 private and state veterinary clinics in Kiev. While all state institutions, where it is possible to treat your pet more easily, close by 18-20 pm (by the way, this is the case throughout Ukraine), some private traders work around the clock. There are about 35 such clinics in the capital.

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As you move away from the center, the number of institutions ready at any time to provide assistance to your pet is rapidly decreasing: from 12 in large cities (Kharkiv, Odesa, Dnipro, etc.) to 1-5 in cities with a population of fewer than 500,000 people (Vinnytsia, Chernivtsi, Kropyvnytskyi, etc.). And then, the opening hours of a number of such establishments are better to be clarified by phone (in practice, their number "melts" before our eyes).

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Moreover, in some regional centers, there are no round-the-clock veterinary clinics at all. Therefore, it is difficult to even imagine what the owner of the animal will experience if he finds symptoms, for example, pulmonary edema, late at night in Cherkasy, ​​Ternopil, Kherson or in Khmelnytsky.

On specialized sites, owners of four-legged friends are offered to immediately visit a veterinary clinic if such symptoms are found. But the owner of the above cities can only wait for the morning and hope that the pet will last until the opening of one of them. And we are not yet talking about regional centers.

A resident of such a center will have to take his animal to another city. But such long transportation of a sick pet is like a lottery, where his life is at stake. A heart cat, for example, can simply die right in the car, unable to withstand the stress.

If the owner is ready to "test his luck", he will risk taking the animal to the nearest city, where he can provide help to his pet. But what if veterinarians make disappointing predictions about such moves?

In this case, the pet owner is advised to call an ambulance at home. True, only a few large cities of the country have heard of its existence. And the qualifications of a number of individual "professionals working from home", who can be found on various sites in the city, generally leave much to be desired.

If you successfully managed to deliver the animal to one of the 24-hour clinics in a neighboring city, you won the battle, but not the war: the possibilities of a number of veterinary institutions are very limited.

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To illustrate: even private clinics (not to mention state ones) do not have an X-ray machine and ultrasound equipment everywhere. And clinics in which they are ready to conduct a histological examination (analysis of a particle of a tumor at the cellular level), in general, you will not find with fire during the day. Such opportunities are available only in a few institutions of Ukraine, and cities with up to 250 thousand people are not included in the list of "lucky ones".

It is difficult to censor about the situation with the technical capabilities of state veterinarians: in some of them, they are "sent" to private traders for x-rays.

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The quality of animal treatment is not a priority

The reasons why in some localities there are no private clinics at all are understandable: business works where it is profitable for it to work. The state, on the other hand, is rather indifferent to the protection of animals' right to medical assistance. The priorities in the treatment of animals at public expense are the regulation of stray animals and vaccination as an obligatory method of preventing human infection. As a result of this policy, the "financial framework", because of which it is difficult for veterinarians to "roam" in the purchase of the necessary equipment.

The State Food and Consumer Services notes that over the past year, only 47 million USD were allocated to state veterinary clinics, that is, 43% of the necessary funds. Of this amount, most of the money was spent on wages and utilities.

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Public veterinary medicine does not have to be completely free, because the owners of the animals are responsible for those whom they have tamed. But opportunities for such treatment are necessary: ​​both in the form of round-the-clock inpatient clinics with a wide range of services, and in the form of veterinary ambulance services. You cannot rely solely on private clinics for pet health care.

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