According to one of the four resident veterinarians, Dr Albertus Coetzee, the long term plan was borne out of the practice’s desire to make primary health care of pets more accessible to the public without compromising the quality of care. Another motivating factor was the increasing amount of animals getting euthanised in the region due to the ever-growing number of strays or unwanted domestic animals.
Dr Coetzee and the other vets at West Acres Animal Hospital, Dr Debbie Opperman, Dr Jacqui Hardy and Dr Nicola Colborne are passionate about animals and believe they can make a difference. The statistics speak for themselves as does the algorithm that for every cat sterilised 67 000 cats are saved from euthanasia in a five-year cycle. This, and all the health benefits sterilisation affords pets, motivates these veterinarians to do more to change the current status quo.
Besides decreasing the number of euthanised animals, sterilisation has an abundance of other health benefits. These include the prevention of mammary cancer and uterine infection in females and a decrease in interspecies aggression in males.
Having seen the need in the community the reputable animal hospital decided to start offering sterilisations at a discounted price from February which is World Sterilisation Month. The service is available to all dog and cat owners in the Lowveld regardless of their income bracket or residential zone. Procedures are done Monday to Friday, but strictly by appointment. Pet owners need only contact the practice and book a spot for their furbabies.