Letters to the Editor, January 11, 2013

Substantial rent hikes at Link Reit malls. Photo: Felix Wong

Uninformed views harming vet profession

I must take issue with what I felt was an incomplete report ("Top doctor questions sky-high HK vet fees", January 7).

Friday, 11 January, 2013, 2:27am 1 comment

How can a dog operation cost more than human surgery? asks top surgeon

Dr Tom Mangan, president of the Hong Kong Veterinary Association, says high rents and a nursing shortage mean high fees. Photo: Dickson Lee

A medical specialist has questioned the size of vet bills in Hong Kong and asked how operations performed on animals can cost double the amount or more of similar hospital treatments carried out on people.

A basic consultation with a doctor, for instance, costs about HK$150. But vets can often charge double that.

7 Jan 2013 - 3:54pm 8 comments

Veterinary surgeon shortage 'poses threat to public health'

Dr Jane Gray, chief veterinary surgeon for the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA). Photo: David Wong

A "shameful" shortage of care experts on farms due to Hong Kong's lack of training schools may lead to a rise in animal-related diseases, experts say.

27 Dec 2012 - 7:07am 3 comments

No need for extra coat

Many Hong Kong pet owners like to make a fashion statement with what their dog wears but animals don't need outer clothing, even in winter, says vet Jane Gray.

'Huskies have the thickest coat [among dogs] and, for a Hong Kong winter, they don't need to wear a coat, unless advised by your veterinarian,' she says.

5 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Iguanas are difficult and expensive animals to own

A few times a year, Nicole Wyre takes a stroll around pet shops in Mong Kok. She's on the lookout for any new animals available to local residents. Last month, she spotted a new lizard in town - a green iguana, also known as the common iguana.

20 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Salmonella warning

If you've got a reptile, make sure you wash your hands. If you don't, you could catch salmonella poisoning, which may cause vomiting, diarrhoea and fever. In more serious and rarer cases, individuals can contract meningitis.

20 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Urban Jungle

I just received in the mail the 14th edition of Kirk's Current Veterinary Therapy, which collates new discoveries in veterinary medicine, and am in for quite a few nights of reading to keep up to date with current techniques.

Things have changed a lot during my time as a veterinarian.

24 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Urban Jungle

In the past I have written many of my columns from the perspective of a professional, be it my vocation as a veterinarian, a scientist or a photographer. Other times I have written about the many things that perk my interest, such as philosophy, history, current affairs, zoology, art, flying and many others.

5 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Urban Jungle

When people ask why I became a veterinarian, I like many colleagues have a standard explanation: that I was born with a scientific curiosity and a passion for animals, that I was brought up watching animal documentaries, that I have kept dogs and cats for much of my life and that I have always been an avid fish-keeper.

27 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Urban Jungle

It must be a mid-30s curse, but I have been to 14 weddings in the past 12 months, and it doesn't look like it's going to let up in the next 12. Not to mention my own wedding in November. There are many weddings to which I get invited where I am at a table of people I haven't met before.

6 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Saving lives every day

There may be no vet schools in Hong Kong, but that shouldn't stop you from pursuing a career which brings out the kindness in you

Requirements: A veterinarian has to be an animal lover who cares about the welfare of animals.

12 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

Urban Jungle

Christmas and the new year coincide with holidays for students studying abroad. For many homesick overseas students, this well-earned respite from the books is an opportunity to spend time with family. The festive period is also extra busy at the clinic because owners not only prepare their homes and themselves for the public holidays, but also their pets.

30 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Urban Jungle

This column has always been for me a public podium where I can express my opinions and share my experiences from an unique perspective as a veterinarian and scientist, with a small twist of Dr Eric's personal beliefs. It has allowed me to share with all of you the many interesting experiences on the road to become a veterinary surgeon and scientist, and what it is like when you are one.

5 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

Kingdom will be fit to defend Sprint crown - Yiu

Trainer Ricky Yiu Poon-fie remains hopeful champion Sacred Kingdom will be fit enough to defend his Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Sprint crown in December after receiving a positive veterinary report this week.

Yiu said X-rays of Sacred Kingdom's left foreleg showed the hairline fracture of the sesamoid, originally identified on September 6, was healing well.

3 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

Vet's dream is to send all Olympic horses home healthy

For Chris Riggs, success at the Olympics is not measured in medals but by the condition of the approximately 300 horses once they leave Hong Kong.

'At past Olympics they have lost horses, but it is my dream we can ensure all the horses go home fit and healthy,' said Dr Riggs, head of veterinary clinical services for the Jockey Club.

28 Jun 2008 - 12:00am