CGS Hospital in Gurugram Starts Free Tele OPD for Pet Lovers

The doctors in a Gurugram veterinary hospital recently carried out an emergency operation on two dogs. Pablo, a boxer who was brought bleeding due to a low platelet count, and Casper, who has a life-threatening intestinal perforation.

Located in DLF Phase 3, Gurugram, the CGS Hospital (A Unit of CGS Charitable Trust) under the aegis of DLF Foundation, has now started free Tele-OPD, where pet lovers can discuss the problems of their pets with doctors over the phone. Doctors can then prescribe the basic medicines if needed. In serious cases like that of Pablo and Casper, emergency operations are performed by the team of doctors. The hospital has been attending to urgencies like cesarean delivery, fractures and minor surgeries of pets. “The lockdown has taught us that we are not the only ones who are affected,“ said Dr. Samar Mahendran.

The two dogs are among the many examples of what pets are going through the current lockdown. Doctors at the CGS Hospital in Gurugram get on an average 30-40 call daily from pet lovers after having started the free Tele-OPD services.

Casper, the 4-year-old pet dog, was facing serious medical complications when his owners brought him to CGS Hospital. On further investigation, a life-threatening intestinal perforation was discovered. Caper was in a septic shock, and the doctor decided to operate on him immediately without wasting any time. The doctors extracted a big mango seed, which had led to a tear in the intestine. Due to the excellent expertise of the doctor and his team, Casper is on his way to recovery and was discharged on 10th April. The doctors also conducted a cesarean delivery on a stray dog, where the litter of three pups is now healthy and being taken care of by the hospital staff.

Along with the pets, the hospital has been taking care of the strays too. With restaurants, eateries, and dine outs closed, the availability of food for abandoned animals has reduced. Stray animals are among the many who are suffering in the lockdown. As people are following the government’s directive to the core, residents of plotted colonies are not even opening their gates to step out, leave alone feed the street animals. Consequently, stray dogs and community animals have been the worst affected.

To tackle this situation and prevent the animals from suffering, doctors of CGS Hospital are feeding fresh food twice a day to over 500 dogs and cats in the city during the lockdown. According to Dr. Mahendran, the stray street animals are being given a balanced diet of carbohydrates and proteins. The hospital has also provided various Animal NGO’s over 600 kgs of packaged food for feeding stray animals in other parts of the city.

While BJP MP Maneka Gandhi has also urged everyone to feed stray dogs, the Animal Welfare Board of India has issued an advisory to all Chief Secretaries of States regarding caring of animals during the lockdown. In Gurugram, the police have allowed animal lovers to move out of their house and feed stray animals.