Spay-It Forward- ARC Vietnam’s Spay/Neuter Program

13 03 2011

Vietnam Spay and Neuter Program

ARC Vietnam Spay-It Forward Program

A MILLION REASONS TO SPAY OR NEUTER

Did you know, in 6 years, 1 female dog and her offspring can produce 67,000 puppies? In 7 years, 1 female cat and your young can produce 420,000 cats!

MS. NGUYEN THAO VI- AN ANGEL IN SAIGON

Recently, I had the pleasure of meeting Ms. Nguyen Thao Vi, in my opinion one of the kindest, most compassionate animal lovers in Vietnam! Ms. Nguyen is loved by many cat and dog owners around Ho Chi Minh City. Her online rescue and foster program, “Yeu Dong Vat” (Love Animal) has allowed for the successful placement of abandoned and abused kittens, cats, puppies and dogs around Saigon. Ms. Nguyen has a huge following on Facebook as many recognize her genuine compassion and love for those without a voice (animals). Ms. Nguyen is a truly inspirational figure, she inspires me and gives many hope that one day animal welfare will become a more common and accepted practice in Vietnam.

ARC’S 1ST LARGE SCALE SPAY & NEUTER MISSION

A.R.C. partnered with Ms. Nguyen and neutered and spayed seven of her favorite cats. A.R.C. members collected her cats and brought them to Saigon Pet Clinic where Dr. Nghia and his staff waited for the cats’ arrival. The surgery was a success and the cats went home the next day. Ms. Nguyen is happy to report that the cats are doing great!

A.R.C. advocates for low-cost spaying and neutering as the most effective means of preventing the births of dogs and cats in Ho Chi Minh City, and their subsequent abandonment, suffering and mass killing.

Spay-It Forward

Going to Get Tutored!

KNOW THE FACTS:

  • What are spaying and neutering?

The neutering operation for cats and dogs (spaying for females) is the best and safest method of pet birth control.

  • Are you scared of being bitten by a dog or cat with rabies?

By neutering or spaying, you reduce the number of dogs and cats on the street. Also, neutered/spayed animals are less likely to roam, run away or get into fights. It protects your pet from dangerous viruses spread through bite wounds.

  • Will my dog or cat become more aggressive after the operation?

No! Neutered/spayed animals are less likely to bite. 60%-80% of animals that bite people have not been sterilized. You can reduce the number of rabies cases by neutering/spaying your pet.

  • Will my dog or cat become stupid, fat and lazy after the operation?

No! Just like people, pets become overweight when they eat too much and/or exercise too little. The operation DOES NOT make your pet stupid, fat and lazy.

  • Will neutering/spaying reduce the lifespan of my pet?

No! Spaying and neutering helps dogs and cats live longer, healthier lives. The operation eliminates uterine or ovarian cancer and reduces breast cancer.

  • Will my male dog/cat be less of a “man”?

No! Spayed or neutered pets are often less aggressive, more relaxed and even more affectionate. Male pets do not “miss or feel sad” after the operation. He doesn’t suffer any kind of emotional reaction or identity crises when neutered.

  • Why is neutering/spaying my cat good?

Neutering cats make them less likely to spray and mark territory. This reduces the bad smell from your cat spraying around your home.

  • Is it expensive?

No! Many clinics offer reasonable rates. It is the best investment you can make for your pet’s health and your family’s well-being. Saigon Pet can provide low-cost service to those in need.

  • Will my dog or cat experience a lot of pain?

No! Dogs and cats are anesthetized for the procedure. They will NOT feel the procedure, they will be asleep.

For more information on ARC’s Spay-It Forward Program, contact arcneuter@gmail.com.





Hippocratic Pet Oath in Vietnam?

9 03 2011
Saigon Pet Vietnam

Saigon Pet Vietnam- Best Veterinarian Clinic in Vietnam

IN DOG WE TRUST- A VETERINARIAN’S OATH

Do veterinarians take the hippocratic oath? No. But they do take something called the Veterinarian Oath. Veterinarians like Dr. Nghia of Saigon Pet Clinic have taken the following oath: I solemnly swear that I will use my scientific knowledge and skills for the benefit of society.I will strive to promote animal health and welfare, relieve animal suffering, protect the health of the public and environment, and advance comparative medical knowledge.I will practise my profession conscientiously, with dignity, and in keeping with the principles of veterinary medical ethics.I will strive continuously to improve my professional knowledge and competence and to maintain the highest professional and ethical standards for myself and the profession.”

ONLY HUMAN

People, please listen up… there are times when a veterinarian cannot save the life of your beloved pet. No matter how much they try, how much they live up to the “Veterinarian’s Oath”, veterinarians often lose their patients. It is part of the natural life death dance. And the fact that veterinarians are mortal… human. The vets I know and have worked with, the ones that truly love animals like Dr. Nghia, a veterinarian in Saigon, are heartbroken after trying everything to save them. Truly devastated.  They empathize with their patients and often cry alongside the pet owners.

DID YOU TAKE CARE OF YOUR PET THE BEST YOU COULD?

What’s often unfair is when a patient blames a veterinarian for the loss of their pet, as if the veterinarian purposely ignored “The Oath”. There was a recent case where a pet owner placed full blame on the veterinarian even though the dog had cancer for years and had a visible tumor growth on its side. When asked, “why did you not bring your dog in sooner?”, the answer, “I still wanted to breed the dog!” Where is the responsible pet accountability here? How about being more responsible about the health of your dog or cat? If you take your dog in with Stage 5 cancer, please don’t expect a miracle. Wake up people, if you take better care of your pets and don’t wait until your pet’s on death’s doorstep to seek help then please remember you may be pointing one finger at the vet, but there’s three fingers pointing back at you!

DOG GONE WRONG BEHAVIOR

What I find appalling here in Vietnam is that some pet owners actually demand a large settlement if a veterinarian cannot save the life of their dog or cat. Imagine storming into your vet’s clinic back home with all your family members (minus the pitchforks) and demanding the clinic pay, “or the vet will pay”… seriously??? While I am on the subject of wrongful behavior, these same people demanding a big settlement were the same people bargaining down the dog’s operation as if they were haggling over a bag of mangosteens at Ben Tanh market. So let me get this straight, your dog is not worth the operation but becomes priceless and requires some kind of “wrongful death payment” upon its passing? Incredible!

YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR

I know Vietnam is still a very young pet culture. The concept of veterinarians is as strange as Heinz ketchup next to the nuoc mam sauce. But, good veterinarians are hard to find in Vietnam. Especially ones trained in small companion animal medicine. So don’t be surprised that a visit to a a top qualified vet in Saigon or Hanoi will cost more than those dingy, sketchy “thầy thuốc thú y” you see next to a pho stand or xe-om repair shop.

SAIGON PET CLINIC

All veterinarians are human, they cannot always save the life of your beloved pet. James Herriot said it best, “I hope to make people realize how totally helpless animals are, how dependent on us, trusting as a child they are, that we will be kind and take care of their needs.. (They) are an obligation put on us, a responsibility we have no right to neglect, nor to violate by cruelty.” Or ignorance!





2011- Eating Cat in the Year of the Cat!

8 03 2011

 

Vietnam Year of the Cat

"Toi khong vui. Toi la meo!"

 

MMM…. FANCY FELINE FEAST!!!

2011 has started off as a good year for many… unless you are a cat!  Unfortunately, because the cat is the zodiac celebrity of the year, many Vietnamese have increased their consumption of cats. Like eating dog meat, cat meat is considered a part of the country’s traditional cuisine. Groups of men (more so than women), seated on mats spend their evenings sharing plates of dog/cat meat and drinking alcohol since the meat is believed to raise libido. It is also said to bring luck and good fortune. Some restaurants in Hai Phong and Ha Long Bay even advertise cat meat hot pot as “little tiger”, and cats in cages can be seen meowing away in their cramped and filthy cages. However, Vietnamese aren’t the only ones eating man’s best friend or furry feline, some visitors to the country also enjoy the novelty of tasting and saying, “I’ve eaten a dog!” or “I’ve just ate Garfield!”

Thit Cho/ Thit Cay/ Thit Meo Nha Hang O Saigon

 

DOG:COW… SAME SAME BUT DIFFERENT.

As a vegetarian, I don’t see the difference between eating a dog and eating a cow, both are meat. Although I was raised in a culture where we revere dogs and cats not eat them, I find it hypocritical to condemn a culture that eats dog as meat but not a culture that eats lamb, pigs, and other animals. HOWEVER, what I do vehemently object to is the way the dogs and cats are killed in Vietnam and other parts of Asia. As an animal rights activist and member of A.R.C. Vietnam (www.arcpets.com), I whole-heartedly object to the brutal manner in which dogs and cats are slaughtered. It is sadistic and very Dahmer-ish.

 

BRUTAL TORTURE OF CATS & DOGS

While in some cultures like Vietnam, the consumption of dog and cat meat may be seen as traditional or beneficial for health, I do NOT believe these arguments can justify animal cruelty. In Vietnam, cats and dogs are tortured and teased for a length of time before finally being killed. Whether a captured stray or a farmed dog/cat, many marketplace slaughter methods are deliberately designed to intensify and prolong the animal’s suffering. This is the result of a misguided belief that torturing an animal prior to death results in better tasting, adrenaline-rich meat. Killing methods include clubbing to death, throat-slitting, hanging by the neck and electrocution.

CURIOSITY DIDN’T KILL THE CAT, MR. NGUEYN DID!

The good news is that recent Vietnamese opinion polls – where animal welfare is a relatively new concept – suggest that the consumption of dogs and cats is losing popularity, especially with the younger generation. Although the consumption of cats is on the rise this year, the big picture suggests that eating dogs and cats is slowly beginning to decline as Vietnam clamors to become an international country and aspires to rise to first-world standards.  Fortunately, 2012 is the Year of the Dragon!

Dead Cats

"Meo Chet!"

Cat Meat

"Me-ow.... Me-owwww!"