Which Hong Kong vet should you trust to take care of your beloved fur babies?
Taking your pet to a vet in Hong Kong can be quite an uncomfortable experience. Whether it’s finding a taxi willing to transport your dogs and cats or dealing with a trembling animal (they just seem to know, don’t they?!), it’s not always easy to get your pets there. This guide to vets, clinics and hospitals in Hong Kong will help you decide where to go if your pet is feeling unwell. There are plenty of great choices in Hong Kong, from well-equipped emergency services to vets who will pay a house visit and more.
Creature Comforts was established in 2003 as a unique housecall-only veterinary practice. Since then, it has grown a lot without losing focus on personalised care and quality. So how can they help you and your furry friend?
- Creature Comforts owns and operates the 24-hour East Island Animal Hospital in Shau Kei Wan. Newly renovated with the latest equipment and an international veterinary team, this is perfect for an emergency.
- Ideal for pet parents in the Clearwater Bay and Sai Kung area, there is also a new spacious and well-equipped Creature Comforts Veterinary Centre at Tseung Kwan O.
- Understanding the needs of cat parents, the Cat Hospital opened in February this year (also in TKO). From cat-specific furniture to the Feliway diffuser to calm the nerves, this vet experience uses “Fear-Free” techniques and is internationally certified as a cat-friendly practice.
- They also offer house calls six days a week, for vaccinations, health checks and regular medical treatment. Call 9773 0372 to book a house call.
- Their online store, Vetopia, also has a huge selection of vet and nurse-approved regular and prescription-diet pet food and products, delivered to your door.
By placing your fur baby’s needs at the heart of all they do, Creature Comforts promises a relaxed and happy veterinary experience for your whole family.
If you would like to look for a vet closest to you, take a look at this district guide. While we are at it, we also have rounded up your insurance options (we all know how expensive medical care is in Hong Kong and veterinary clinics are no different).
Hong Kong Island Vets
Wan Chai District
The SPCA was founded in 1903 and is the longest-standing veterinary centre in Hong Kong. Its headquarters in Wan Chai provides first opinion care (general basic care in veterinary practice) along with specialist consultations, an in-house laboratory, digital radiology, ultrasonography, dentistry and endoscopy. It even has an underwater treadmill for post-surgical physiotherapy! 24-hour emergency care is available here. The hospital has a dog ward, a cat ward, an exotics ward for unusual animals such as Chinchillas and an isolation ward for animals suffering from infectious diseases.
Revenue from the first opinion veterinary clinic helps support the extensive charity work that the SPCA does for abandoned, mistreated and neglected animals in Hong Kong. The Wan Chai centre serves as the hub for the welfare cases and rehoming of these animals. This centre also has dog behaviour and training consultations, pet grooming and boarding services.
Recently relocated from Tai Hang, this friendly clinic is run by experienced veterinarian duo Dr Gillian Hung and Dr Morgan Ting-Chun Kuo. They provide consultations, in-house laboratory, digital radiology, ultrasonography, dentistry and have full surgical facilities. Both vets have a keen interest in ophthalmology and take referrals from all over Hong Kong from other veterinary clinics. This clinic has a convenient drop-off and pick up access via Blue Pool Road and is open 10am to 2pm, 3pm to 7pm every day.
Owned by longtime Hong Kong vet, Dr Lloyd Kenda, Valley Veterinary Centre was one of the first veterinary clinics in Hong Kong, set up over 40 years ago. It provides consultations, radiology, dentistry and has full surgical facilities. This vet clinic also has a convenient drop-off and pick up access via Blue Pool Road (the website advises you how to get there). House call services are available. 24-hour emergency assistance is available on the phone and the clinic is open all days of the week through the year.
Dr Hugh Stanley and Dr Gillian Anderson run this modern veterinary clinic with full facilities to ensure excellent care for your pets. As well as cats and dogs, both vets have extensive experience with smaller furries such as rabbits, chinchillas and guinea pigs. Open Monday to Saturday, 9am to 7pm; Sunday, 10am to 5pm.
More veterinary clinics in Wan Chai district:
This is a fully-equipped animal hospital with the capability to provide diagnostic, therapeutic and surgical treatments. With an easily accessible location and 24-hour care, it offers a whole range of services, from regular procedures to advanced specialist treatments.
More veterinary clinics in the Eastern district:
East Island 24 Hr Animal Hospital (mentioned above)
Central & Western District
Opened in 2010 by well-known Hong Kong vets Dr Tony Matthews and Dr Andy Krywawych, Acorn caters for all small animals and offers high-quality veterinary care with excellent medical, diagnostic and surgical facilities with 24-hour hospitalisation. Acorn has also been performing stem cell procedures for the last few years for animals with chronic arthritic pain non-responsive to medicines and conventional treatments.
For our feline friends, this cat-only veterinary hospital (Aberdeen Street branch) was set up in 2003. Cats have an extremely acute sense of smell (fun fact – it’s 14 times that of humans!) and other animals in their vicinity, especially dogs, can really stress them out. The dedicated team here has extensive experience in feline medicine.
There is also a branch in Kennedy Town branch that caters to cats and dogs but has separate waiting areas for them. The clinic also offers a medicating service where you can drop your pet off to be medicated by the nursing team until the condition resolves or until you are able to medicate it at home. The Kennedy Town branch includes a Veterinary Emergency Centre (VEC) that’s open 24/7, if you need to rush your pet here at any point during the day or night.
More veterinary clinics in the Central & Western district:
This long-standing veterinary clinic is a fully equipped primary opinion practice and has provided excellent medical, diagnostic and surgical care for southside pets over many years. Owner Dr Mike Goodlet also accepts cardiology referrals from other veterinary practices. The other vet on the team, Dr Michael Bradley has practised in Ireland and Hong Kong, treating everything from Irish draught horses to Lantau buffaloes, teacup poodles and canaries! As part of its COVID-safe practices, the clinic is now closed on Sundays. House call services are also available.
Veterinary Centres In Kowloon
Previously situated in Mong Kok (and formerly known as CityU PAVC), this new clinic in Sham Shui Po is impressive. Spread over three floors with a total area of about 33,000 square feet, this hospital has 22 consultation rooms, nine operating theatres, a dedicated intensive care unit (ICU), a cardiology suite and a separate 24/7 access emergency service. It is one of the largest veterinary clinics in Southeast Asia! It has all the latest equipment and facilities for CT scanning, MRIs, digital radiography, ultrasound, endoscopy and intra-operative fluoroscopy.
Other than first opinion veterinary care, there are specialist veterinary services for referrals (including neurology, ophthalmology and internal medicine). Just like you would do for your kids, this hospital stores all the records for furry children as well, which it carefully transferred when it moved location.
CityU Veterinary Medical Centre, G/F-2/F, Trinity Towers, 339 Lai Chi Kok Road, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 3650 3000, 3650 3200 (for emergency), WhatsApp: 6101 1026 (for dispensing), [email protected], www.cityuvmc.com.hk
Pets Central is one of the well-known veterinary clinics that has branches all over the 852. Besides the medical services of hospitalisation, internal medicine, cardiology and more, it also has an online and clinic store, as well as general services like grooming and boarding. It has several well known and highly experienced vets including Dr Kurt Verkest and Dr David Coyle. Nursing care is are open 24 hours, retail and consultations are available 8am to 11pm.
The Kowloon Vet Hosptial offers a full range of services that not only cater to your dogs and cats, but also your exotic pets. In addition to traditional vaccination, spay and neuter and medical check-up services, it has a full animal hospital set up complete with a laboratory, in-house pharmacy and isolation wards. It’s not all about the essential services either with physiotherapy, acupuncture, hydrotherapy and animal wellness checks all on offer too.
Located just the other side of the Cross Harbour tunnel in Ho Man Tin, this clinic mirrors the facilities in the Wan Chai headquarters of the SPCA. It has two consulting rooms and offers general surgery, dentistry and imaging (x-rays and ultrasound). Apart from its medical services, it also has an adoption centre upstairs. There is limited parking but it’s an easy taxi pick-up and drop-off spot. The clinic is open Monday to Saturday – 8:50am to 5:30pm.
More veterinary clinics in Kowloon:
Read more: Pet-Friendly Hotels And Resorts In Hong Kong
Vet Clinics In The New Territories
This branch of Pets Central has a loyal clientele amongst the vast animal-loving community in the New Territories (as also with the many shelters and rescue organisations in the area). It also offers retail and 24-hour dog and cat boarding services. Pets Central is also the first animal clinic in Hong Kong to integrate tele-veterinary medicine into its practice to improve the care of patients. Consultations are from 9am to 9pm.
Dr Genevieve Touzel oversees the running of this centre which is open seven days a week and provides consultations, general surgery, in house laboratory, x-rays and hospitalisation facilities. There is also an adoption centre for welfare cases.
Experienced vet, Dr Heidrun Kraft, has run this SPCA branch clinic for 15 years. As well as consultations, dentistry and general surgery, the clinic has in house laboratory facilities. It’s open six days a week, from 8:50am to 5:30pm.
Tai Wai Small Animal and Exotic Hospital was set up in 1997 by Dr Gail Cochrane and Dr Katriona (Dr Tiger) Bradley, who has now retired. They set up the hospital to provide necessary specialist care for exotic pets, while also looking after cat and dog patients. As owners of small exotic animals know, some of these require immediate attention when ill, so the hospital provides 24-hour emergency service (with a vet available any time of the day) and nursing care.
More veterinary clinics in the New Territories & Outlying Islands:
Pet Insurance In Hong Kong
If you are considering keeping a pet in Hong Kong, you may be wondering whether it’s worth opting for a pet insurance policy. Pet ownership in Hong Kong has undergone exponential growth over the last decade. However, of all the cats and dogs kept as pets, as little as 3% are covered by pet insurance. This is much lower than in other countries, as the lack of options and high premiums often deter owners.
Popular Pet Insurance Options In Hong Kong:
Premiums range depending on three factors; type of coverage, age and breed.
If you are thinking about taking out pet insurance, earlier rather than later is always a good idea. Most companies don’t offer new policies for dogs over eight years old but will renew their existing ones. It is certainly prudent to take insurance for a healthy pet before any old age issues begin. Ongoing care for chronic diseases such as heart disease, kidney failure or Cushing’s disease can be a heavy financial burden. The basic plans only cover consultations whereas the most expensive even insure against missing pets, funeral plans and travel cancellations. Pure breeds which are prone to congenital issues have higher premiums and fighting dogs are excluded altogether. Always check with the insurance provider and read the fine print!
Apart from insurance, remember that prevention is always better than cure. So, do remember to desex your pet, get those yearly vaccinations and don’t forget the regular de-flea, de-worm, heartworm pills and tick collars. These simple things could save your pet’s life and prevent you from heart (and wallet) burn.
Editor’s note: This post was originally published by Catherine Sen in May 2019 and updated in May 2021.