With pet ownership on the increase in Cairo, vets are springing up everywhere, expanding their businesses across the city. For those of you with a furry friend at home, and for those of you thinking of adopting a new one, Maadi Messenger has compiled a list of the top vets in Cairo. Here, in no particular order, are some of our favourite establishments that you can trust to take your beloved pets! Remember, log onto our Facebook page this month to vote for your favourite clinic! The winner will be announced next month!
1) American Veterinary Center, Degla
The smallest of five clinics, the American Pet Center in Maadi is a branch of a company based in New York. With other branches in Alexandria, Sheikh Zayed, and Zamalek, American Veterinary Center has a large bank of resources for difficult cases and is even known to send the most serious ones for treatment in America. They offer all standard veterinary services, including minor surgery and dental treatments, and routinely perform call-outs and home visits. They have separate boarding facilities for healthy pets as well as sick. American Veterinary Center is open from 10am to 10pm every day except Fridays when they are open from 2pm to 7pm. American Veterinary Center, 11C Street 199, Maadi Degla; Tel: 02 25177266; Website: www.AmericanVetCenter.com
2) Advance Care, Degla
One of the older clinics in Maadi, Advance Care was founded in 2001 by Dr. Adel Amal. After spending a 40-year career working in the United States, he returned to Egypt to open his clinic here. He has never expanded into other branches and has always tried to maintain the local, community those of Advance Care. He first opened the clinic to serve the foreign community in Maadi and all of his equipment has been shipped over from the US. They offer all clinical services including minor surgery, however they only have the facilities to board sick animals under-going treatment. They are open from 9am to 7pm six days a week; they are closed on Friday. Advance Care, 6G Street 199, Maadi Degla; Tel: 02 2754 4267
3) International Animal Hospital, Ring Road
The largest of the clinics listed, the most services provided and certainly the most visually impressive. The International Animal Hospital is out in the desert between Cairo and New Cairo, just east of Carrefour. The location means they have space to accommodate many animals. Cats and dogs are boarded in the ‘pet motel’, which features a large exercise area big enough to run around in for the dogs, and a ‘room with a view’ for the cat section. Some more unconventional animals can also be found there, such as horses, deer and even crocodiles. The hospital has a number of operating theatres, practice rooms and a variety of professionals, including physiotherapists, dermatologists and visiting professor who come from Germany for special cases. Furthermore, if you have been inspired by this month’s article on raising a street dog then be advised that the International Animal Hospital gives a discount of 50% for street animals! They are open 24 hours each day, with walk-ins until 7pm. International Animal Hospital, Katameya Ring Road, Tel: 0111 821 1181
4) Pet Cure Veterinary Clinic, New Cairo
One of the newer clinics that has opened up in New Cairo is Pet Cure. For the past two years Pet Cure has providing clinical services to people local to the Fifth Settlement. The clinic has the resources to carry out minor surgeries-rays, neutering etc. but it the smallest veterinary listed here. They have a good record in curing the dangerous canine parvovirus, with around a 70% success rate. They offer boarding for both sick and healthy animals and provide home visits for those living in New Cairo. The clinic is open from 1pm to 10pm with the exception of Friday when they are open from 3pm to 9pm. Tel: 0109 098 0050
5) British Animal Hospital, Degla
The British Animal Hospital opened their branch in Maadi in 2013, which is now one of six outlet. They perform all services that any other clinic would offer and also minor and major surgery including bone surgery. They offer boarding services for healthy animals as well as sick animals and have a good emergency service. There are vets on call 24/7 and they are particular proud of their good record in treating dogs for poison. They take part in the TNR (Trap, Neuter, Release) program, designed to reduce the number of street animals in the most humane way. Aside from their 24/7 emergency service they are open from 12pm-7pm each day. British Animal Hospital, 38-40 Street 200, Maadi Degla; Tel: 010 2444 6423; Website: www.BritishAnimalHospital.com
Last week we compiled a list of our favourite places to take children on days out and we asked YOU to vote for your favourite on our Facebook page. We have the honour to announce this month, that the place you chose as the number one activity for kids in Cairo was: KidZania! Thank you to everyone who took part. Check our Facebook for regular updates on the next vote!
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