caring for your pets in paradise city ...
Many expats decide to take on a pet after settling in to Hua Hin, either for company or security. However, being in the tropics, Thailand has a number of animal diseases that your pet could easily contract, some of which will be fatal.
It is therefore important to protect your pet with vaccinations and other preventative measures to keep them as healthy as possible.
The BRC Pet Centre on the corner of Petchkasem Road and Soi 47 is a good general shop. The owner speaks English. Tel 032 515554.
There are numerous vets in town, but do choose carefully. The two most highly recommended are The Pet Hospital on Soi 55/1. The staff speak reasonable English and most procedures can be done here including microchipping. Tel 032 530213.
Alternatively, there is The Hua Hin Vetinary Hospital on the canal road, just past the traffic lights from Soi 56. They are open 24 hours, can perform most procedures and have a pet grooming facility.
Kasetsart University Veterinary Teaching Hospital Hua Hin
Address: 9 Petchkasem Road, Nong Kae (next to Suan Son), Hua Hin
Phone: 032527605-8, Emg: 0870645225
The newest Kasetsart University Veterinary Teaching Hospital campus. First class veterinary care and facilities in the Hua Hin area.
Open Hours : Monday - Thursday : 8.30am - 4pm, Friday : 8.30am - 11.30am
Saturday, Sunday & public holidays : 9.30am - 1.30pm
Open Every evening : 5pm - 7.30pm
As a general guideline, rabies jabs cost 100 Baht, combined injections (covering parvo, lepto and distemper), about 200 Baht. Rabies shots should be given once a year and are a legal requirement. The combined vacinations are not necessary by law, but you are strongly advised to have them done. The diseases they protect against are common around Hua Hin and they can kill your pet very unpleasantly.
Parasites are another big problem, particularly fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, lice and worms. These can be kept at bay using imported oral medicines (which are expensive), or by means of a cheaper 2 monthly jab from a vet. Sprays, powders, shampoos and tick collars are also good.
As a final note, be aware that animals can be treated differently by their owners in Thailand and some of the sights you come across can be quite distressing. Hua Hin has suffered from a stray dog problem in the past, but with a great deal of time, effort and dedication put in by volunteers, the number of abandoned, diseased and injured animals on our streets is beginning to decline and the situation is now more under control.
Thailand, being in the tropics, is an ideal place to keep an aquarium. There is an abundance of tropical species here including Oscar, Flowerhorn, Siamese Fighting Fish (Betta), Arowana, Discus, and many other popular fish. They cost considerably less than in the west and can be purchased through a couple of local dealers. There are two tropical stalls in Chat-Chai day market, vendors often show up at the Wedndesday evening market at the Grand Hotel, and a number of small places can be found around town.
The aquariums themselves are readily available and can be custom built for a few thousand baht. They require no heating due to the tropical environment and most employ a wet/dry filtration system. Fish keeping is very popular amongst Thais and Chinese.
Our Lifestyle and Family forum has a wealth of information relating to pet care and other issues.