In several cities of the country, a program of free services for pets – sterilization, chipping and vaccination against rabies – was launched. In which cities does the project operate and who has the right to participate in it?
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the program conduct the Ukrainian Small Animal Veterinary Association (USAVA) together with the IFAW International Fund for the Protection of Animals in five clinics in Kyiv, Lviv, Kharkiv and Odesa. It was started in order to help Ukrainians who suffered financial problems due to the war, not to leave their pets, cats and dogs, without the necessary preventive procedures and operations – sterilization/castration and vaccination against rabies, as well as – implantation of an identification chip.
“All people who have suffered from the war can contact us. There is no need for any documents that would prove that it is difficult for a person to pay now,” explains Olga Kryvokorytova, a doctor at Kyiv’s 24-hour veterinary clinic “DOVIRA”. – Because now, during the war , many people have financial problems. That’s why we help everyone who comes to us. We work by appointment, so before you go, you need to call and make an appointment. You need to bring your passport and, if you have one, the pet’s passport. Owner’s passport is needed in order to enter his data in the documents that we sign with him. If we sterilize or castrate an animal, the owner must sign that he gives his voluntary consent to the operation and anesthesia of his ward, and if only vaccination, then he must be a receipt for receipt of charitable assistance, which requires the owner’s passport data.In addition, we sign a document with the owner agreeing to the fact that we will use his photo with the cat om or doggy after the procedure in social networks, etc. All we ask from the owner is to be interested in carrying out all preventive procedures for his animal and to be photographed and agree to the posting of their joint photo.”
The program is designed only for clinically healthy animals, because any manifestations of the disease are a contraindication to the specified procedures. One owner can participate in the program with five pets. He should provide post-operative care for the animal.
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Why vaccination, sterilization/castration and chipping? Timely vaccination against rabies will protect both the animal itself and people from the dangerous disease. This vaccination is very necessary for dogs and cats that go outside every day. There is less need for it in domestic cats that do not go outside the apartment, but they also have such a risk: they can get the rabies virus on the way to the vet, and the owner can “bring it” from the street on his shoes.
Sterilization or castration is a preventive measure against a considerable list of oncological diseases in animals. And, of course, it eliminates the risk of unwanted offspring. That is, it is a guarantee of reducing the number of homeless dogs and cats. It is advisable not to delay this operation, and cats and dogs do not need to give birth at least once before the operation. The sooner it is done, the better. And life after sterilization/castration will become more comfortable for both the animal and its owner. But over the years, this operation, especially sterilization, which is reduced to internal intervention, becomes more and more difficult for the animal to tolerate. There may even come a time when, based on her health indicators, she will be refused such an operation at the vet clinic. Also, no matter how difficult the time is now, you should not postpone taking care of the health of your pets for later.
And chipping is a modern method of animal identification. The chip performs several functions. It is mandatory when preparing documents for going abroad. If the animal is lost, the owner’s phone number can be found thanks to the chip. This will speed up the return time of your four-legged friend. Also, without such a means of identification, dogs and cats cannot participate in exhibitions. How to prepare for chipping?
The procedure can be carried out from the age of one month. It is recommended to carry out chipping on the same day as vaccination against rabies or one day earlier. This is related to the procedure for taking the animal out of the country: in order to get the necessary certificate for departure, you must have all vaccinations, a chip, a passport and give blood for rabies antibody titers.
The chip itself is made of hypoallergenic bioglass. It is smooth to the touch and about the size of a grain of rice. Therefore, after the chip is implanted, the animal does not feel it at all.
Chipping takes a few seconds. Using a special needle, a microchip is inserted subcutaneously into the withers or left shoulder blade. After that, the owner or doctor enters its number, indicated on the package, into a special database. The most common database in Ukraine is animal-id.net. The chip number can also be found using a special scan. After the procedure, it is recommended not to bathe the animal for three days.
Contact details of clinics participating in the program – two in Kyiv and one each in Lviv, Kharkiv and Odesa – can be found on the website of the veterinary association USAVA.
We will remind that for almost six months since the beginning of the full-scale war in Ukraine, many states accepted our citizens along with their pets almost without documents. For this, a special simplified regime was introduced. But in Europe, we are used to the fact that everything must be in accordance with the requirements of the law. Therefore, our four-legged friends were not just allowed into their territory, but first they were quarantined, their health was checked, all the necessary examinations and vaccinations were done, and only then they were given to the owner. And they did not demand money from the people fleeing the war. But, as reported by the State Production and Consumer Service, the temporarily implemented rules for the movement of pets to EU countries accompanied by their owners or guardians have been suspended. Some simplifications were canceled back in May for those owners of furry and feathered animals who did not leave the occupied territories or repeatedly crossed the border with animals after February 24.
So, now, when going to leave for one of the EU countries, it is necessary to carefully prepare for this: the animal must be identified with the help of a microchip; she must be vaccinated against rabies – this must take place no earlier than microchipping, so that the appropriate information is entered on the chip; she must have a European-style passport issued by the State Production and Consumer Service.