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How to Get Vet Check-Ups for Your Dog When Exploring Hong Kong

Exploring Hong Kong with your dog can be a wonderful experience, but it's essential to be prepared in case your furry friend falls ill while you're some distance away from your regular vet. Whether your dog gets poorly after a hike, swim, or day out, knowing how to access veterinary care in an unfamiliar part of town is crucial. Here are some key considerations to ensure your pet receives the best care when you're exploring Hong Kong.



1. Access to Your Pet's Medical Records

One of the most important steps you can take is to have access to your dog's medical records. Many vet clinics can provide a summary of your pet's health history, vaccinations, and any ongoing treatments. Here are a few tips: Digital Records: Keep digital copies of your dog's medical records on your phone or a cloud service. This makes it easy to share important information with any vet you visit. Especially if your dog is on regular medications. Vet Contact Info: Save your regular vet's contact information. In case of an emergency, the new vet can contact them for detailed information.


2. Finding a Nearby Vet Clinic




When your dog needs immediate attention, locating the nearest vet clinic is essential. Here’s how to find one quickly: Google Maps and Review Sites: Use Google Maps to find nearby vet clinics. Look for clinics with good reviews and ratings from other pet owners. Local Recommendations: Ask locals or other dog owners in the area for recommendations. They can often point you to reputable clinics. Check out our previous blog on Animal Hospitals and Emergency contacts.

3. Checking Clinic Opening Hours

Vet clinic hours can vary, and some may not be open 24/7. When planning your day trips, keep these points in mind: Emergency Clinics: Identify emergency vet clinics in the area that are open 24/7. It's helpful to know the location of at least one emergency clinic. Regular Hours: For non-emergency situations, check the opening hours of nearby clinics in advance. Some clinics might close early on weekends or holidays.


4. Understanding Microchip Information

Microchipping your dog is essential, but it's important to know how it works in different regions: Chip Number Only: Microchips contain a unique identification number but do not store any personal data and do not store any pet medical records. Ensure your contact information is updated with the AFCD and your vet clinic. Remember, there is no 'chip registry' in Hong Kong and so these (and other clinics or pet charities) are the only people to call if your dog went missing. Scanners: Most vet clinics have microchip scanners. If your dog is lost or needs identification, the chip can be scanned, and the clinic can contact the AFCD and then they could try and contact you via their records.


5. Additional Tips for Vet Visits

Pet Insurance: Consider pet insurance that covers emergency vet visits. This can save you from unexpected expenses. Emergency Kit: Carry a basic first aid kit for your dog, including bandages, antiseptic wipes, and any medications your pet regularly takes.



Conclusion

Exploring all the different beaches and trails of Hong Kong with your dog can be a delightful adventure, but it's important to be prepared for any health issues that may arise. By keeping your pet's medical records accessible, knowing how to find and contact local vet clinics, and understanding the use of microchips, you can ensure your dog receives prompt and effective care. With a little planning, you and your furry friend can enjoy all the wonderful experiences Hong Kong has to offer with peace of mind.


 

About the Author

Dr. Matthew Murdoch is Veterinarian & Director of Ferndale Kennels and Cattery where he works extensively helping these flat faced dogs fly around the world. To learn more, visit their website or follow them on Facebook for more.

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