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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Vet Check for Four-Legged Friends

You have finally caved in to temptation and bought that dachshund puppy while walking under the Arbatskaya pedestrian passage. Or the cat you have had for nine years is not adjusting well to your new posting in Moscow. If you are looking for medical treatment for your cat or dog, or are planning to transport a pet acquired in Russia out of the country, you will need the assistance of a local veterinarian. There are several good veterinary clinics in Moscow that offer vaccinations, care for minor illnesses, and neutering or spaying services, and a number of these will make house calls at any time of the day or night. Those who are particularly price-conscious can find clinics that fit a wide range of budgets. Here is a small selection of what is available: Movet (23 Ulitsa Vasilisy Kozhinoi; tel. 142-0305, 142-0104, 142-0105). Highly recommended by a number of members of the Moscow community, this clinic employs four veterinarians who will treat minor illnesses and injuries, administer vaccines, and spay animals. A basic visit costs 13,000 rubles in the office, 43,000 rubles for a house call. A set of basic injections for cats (including rabies) costs approximately 18,000 rubles; for dogs, injections range from 6,000 to 18,000 rubles, depending on the size and weight of the dog. The cost of neutering a male cat is 40,000 rubles plus the cost of an office visit; spaying females costs about 100,000 rubles. For male dogs, the price of neutering runs high, at approximately 100,000 rubles, while the price for spaying female dogs depends on the weight of the dog. The clinic is open from 9 A.M. to 6 P.M. weekdays, and there is also a 24-hour emergency on-call service. The clinic will provide spravki, or health certificates, for clients who are transporting animals out of Russia. An English-speaking vet is available.The Zabota Center (housecalls only; tel. 125-3506) is open 24 hours a day weekdays, and is staffed by Dr. Ilya Rvichko, who will issue spravki for customers who want to take their pets out of the country. Rabies shots cost $50 for cats, $55 for dogs, and the cost of spaying and neutering animals depends on the weight of the animal. Animals should be at least 5 months old before they are neutered. Rvichko speaks English. Vet Yelena (11 Ulitsa Vlasova Arkhitektora; tel. 120-5427). This clinic only makes housecalls by appointment and is not authorized to administer rabies vaccines. The main focus of the clinic is cats and dogs. A basic visit to a sick animal will cost 40,000 rubles. Injections and other vaccinations run between 15,000 and 30,000 rubles apiece depending on the vaccine. Neutering and spaying of cats ranges from 30,000 to 40,000 rubles depending on the size of the animal. The clinic does not provide neutering services for dogs. Kvorum (15 Ulitsa Rossolimo; tel. 248-2522 or 248-6822) is a joint-venture clinic that offers an emergency van, 24-hour service, and a staff that will make house calls. A basic visit costs 7,000 rubles at the office, 25,000 rubles for a house call. The service is also 24 hours a day and payment is in hard currency. Vaccinations for cats range from 4,000 to 8,000 rubles a piece, depending on the injection. The clinic does not offer rabies vaccines. Neutering of male cats costs up to 100,000 rubles, while spaying of female cats costs 100,000 rubles and up. For dogs, costs range anywhere from 35,000 to 150,000 rubles, depending on the breed, weight, and health of the dog. Note: while this veterinary clinic is listed in an information booklet put out by the American Embassy, they were less than cooperative in answering telephone queries.