- 1 Vets in Thailand Versus Abroad
- 2 Important Questions to Ask
- 3 Costs
- 4 Pet Hospital Options
- 5 Related Services
- 6 Pet Hotels and Day Care
- 7 Treatment for Other Pets
- 8 Meet Other Pet Owners
- 9 Final Thoughts
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Vets in Thailand Versus AbroadAlthough Thailand is catching up, it’s still behind international standards when it comes to diagnostic and advanced treatment. If you ever watched The Supervet on TV, you’re spoiled. Don’t expect any bionic legs Dr. Fitzpatrick-style in Thailand. There are support wheels for handicapped dogs available, but most are DIY. Having said that, your pet will still get good treatment in Thailand for most medical conditions. Vaccines, neutering, and most surgeries are no problem at all, and Bangkok is home to some the best animal hospitals in the country.
Important Questions to AskAsk vets important questions so you get a better idea what they are capable of. When you get in contact, usually via phone, Facebook, or Line, you’ll also get from them an idea about their English skills. It can take a while for some places to answer emails. And it’s not uncommon for a hospital to not have a public email address. Once in contact, you may ask the following questions:
- How many doctors are on duty?
- What kind of specialists are available?
- Is an English speaking doctor on duty?
- What diagnostic equipment is available?
- What is the rate for a certain procedure?
CostsPrices for services in animal hospitals differ. There is no rule or law, so most places charge whatever they think is appropriate and profitable. Local vets are in general cheaper, while more sophisticated hospitals like Thonglor Pet are on the other end of the price range. Costs depend on kind, breed, age, weight, and size of the animal. The prices mentioned below are the lower end of the spectrum. I recommend you always ask the vet for a quote first. If it’s surgery, insist on a written quotation with estimated costs. Routine Procedures
- Blood: 300 to 500 baht
- Ultrasound: 300 to 600 baht
- Rabie shot: 300 baht
- Neutering: 1000 to 3000 baht
- Monitoring birth: Negotiable but not always available
- Euthanizing: 3000 to 5000 baht
- Surgeries: depends on type, number of doctors and nurses needed, medication, and equipment. Minimum 1500 baht for minor surgeries.
- X-rays: 600 baht
- Water therapy: 300 to 400 baht an hour
Pet Hospital Options
Vets for ExpatsBangkok has quite a lot of pet hospitals, but as you may have experienced in other areas, staff doesn’t always speak English. And many of them just don’t meet standards most expats expect. But there is good news: Some hospitals are aware of this problem and try to serve expats as best as they can. The most popular hospital is Thonglor Pet. They started—as the name says—in Thonglor, but expanded all over Bangkok and even have a branch in Chiang Mai and Pattaya. Locations are:
- Sukhumvit: 205/19–20 Soi Thonglor 9 Sukumvit 55 Road North Klongton Wattana
- Rama 9: 80 PhetPrararm Road Bang Kapi, Huai Khwang
- Lad Prao: 2408/1 Soi Lad Prao 122 (Soi Mahadthai), Lad Prao Road, Wang Thong Lang, Wang
- Bangna: 146 Srinakarin road, Opposite Paradise Park
- Pinklao: 493 Sirintorn Road, Bangbamrhu, Bangplad, Bangkok 10700
- Rama 2: 30/6 Rama2 Road Tha Kham, Bang Khun Thian, Bangkok 10150, Thailand
- Changwattana: 224/17–18 Changwattana Road Pakkred Nontaburi
- Pathum Thani: 189/2 Phahonyothin Rd, Prachathipat, Thanyaburi District, Pathum Thani 12130, Thailand
- Pattaya: 147/41–44 Bang Lamung, Chon Buri, 20150
- Chiang Mai: Somphot Chiang Mai 700 Pi Rd, San Sai Noi, San Sai District, Chiang Mai 50210, Thailand
- Office: 02–271–3182
- Dr. Maytee: 081–345–3634
- E-mail: [email protected]
- Address: 1135 Paholyothin Road, between Sanam Pao & Ari BTS stations
Local ClinicsIf you speak a little bit of Thai and you want or need to save some money, you can also visit a vet who serves mostly Thais. There are pet hospitals and vets in every area, but not all of them offer full service. If your pet needs a vaccination, nail trimming, or minor treatments, you can save some money and time. A licensed vet in Thailand always has to have the certificate on display. If they don’t have a certificate, the place is probably a grooming salon. If you live in Bangna around the international schools, you can visit Bearing Pet Hospital. It’s run by two female doctors who speak English. They have a small lab for blood tests, x-ray machines, and are able to perform small surgeries like spaying and neutering. They also offer boarding, but in cages.
- Office: 02–399–2311
- Address: 102/2 Sukhumvit 107
Teaching HospitalsThe well known Chulalongkorn University is one of the main institutions where Thais can study veterinary medicine. To get practice, the students work—under supervision by licensed vets—in the Small Animal Teaching Hospital. What makes them special is their twenty-four hour emergency service. It also includes an intensive care unit. As it’s one of the larger institutions, vets are also more familiar with exotic animals like reptiles. The normal operating hours are:
- 7:30am – 11:00am and 1:00pm – 3:00pm and 5:00pm – 8:00pm
Small Animal Teaching Hospital, Faculty of Veterinary Science, Chulalongkorn University, 39 Henry-Dunant Road, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330, tel: 02–218–9751Kasetsart University also has a teaching hospital. They offer a wide range of services including: internal medicine, surgeries, diagnostics, ultrasounds, and radiology. Their animal hospital website is only available in Thai. So if you can’t read Thai, you’ll need to get some help translating into English the services they offer. But their staff does speak English. So if you show up to their animal hospital you shouldn’t have any communication problems. The normal operating hours are:
- Monday to Thursday 8:30am – 3:30pm (queue open from 7:00am – 3:30pm)
- Friday and Public Holidays 8:30am – 11:00am (queue open from 7:00am – 11:00am)
- Evenings from 6:00pm – 8:00pm (queue open from 5:30 – 8:00pm).
Kasetsart Animal Hospital, 50 Phaholyothin road, Lat Yao, Chatuchak, Bangkok 10900, tel: 02-797-1900