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I’ve always found it extremely disturbing that there are such few vets practising in the city. My first cat had severe respiratory problems, and I would have to wait till 10 am in the morning to be able to take her to the vet. People who plan to bring animals into their home often ask me which vet they should refer to, so I thought I’d jot down a comprehensive list here. While one hopes that emergency care services for animals will be available sometime in the near future, till then, our furry friends only have a few options:

1. Dr. Isma Gheewala – Karachi’s most renowned vet. She’s great with animals, and her helpers are extremely efficient. Dr. Isma Gheewala practises at 26th Commercial Street, Phase 5, DHA and can be contacted at 5851296.

2. Dr.Pirzada [Snr. and Jnr] – Dr.Pirzada practises in KDA, and while he and his son are both quite famous vets, I’ve always found them to be completely incapable of correct diagnosis and they seem to only have two cures: deworming or injecting animals brought to them with some unknown medicine.

3. Army Animal Hospital – this clinic is situated at Defence Market. While the interior may seem drab and dreary, the doctors practising here have a great deal of experience and are excellent for emergencies, since the clinic is open from 5 PM to 8 or 9 PM at night.

What other good vets does anyone else know of? Comment and let us know!

15 Comments so far

  1. Omer (unregistered) on August 2nd, 2005 @ 7:43 pm

    I don’t know any certified animal doctors but most guys with GP licences in Karachi should really be treating animals as that what they seem to be good for any way. Keep your hands off humans guys…who came up with this “license to kill” any way…

  2. Zag (unregistered) on August 6th, 2005 @ 7:32 pm

    I don’t know about good or bad, but there’s one on Tariq Road near the cemetery (Yup, a vet near a cemetery :)) and then there is a Animal hospital near Urdu Bazar somewhere…

  3. misha (unregistered) on August 8th, 2005 @ 1:38 am

    Dr Isma: Very competent, great with pretty much all animals. Also, it’s always a pleasure to see Annie, her adorable dog running around the place.

    Dr. Peerzada: The less said the better. I refused to go to him anymore after he failed to correctly disgnose my puppy with influenza, which eventually killed the poor little thing.

  4. Azfar Sabih (unregistered) on August 8th, 2005 @ 11:50 am

    I can also recommend one good VET, Dr. Hasan Tanveer his clinic is in Gulshan-e-Iqbal (phone: 4973543). He is very experienced & dexterous in his profession. My GSD was suffering from maggots in ears and the way VET treated him is admirable!

  5. huma (unregistered) on August 8th, 2005 @ 11:57 am

    Zag: I know what vet you’re talking about – he treated my rabbit as well, plus he even makes house calls – but I’d only recommend him for an emergency solution.

  6. g¸l (unregistered) on October 16th, 2005 @ 1:20 am

    we will be moving to karachi soon, can you help me finding pet food Eukonaba Large breed maintanence in karachi?

  7. sarah (unregistered) on November 1st, 2005 @ 2:15 pm

    hey guys

    i need ur help. my african grey is sick.plz recommend a good avian vet. need help URGENT

  8. Anathema (unregistered) on November 1st, 2005 @ 3:37 pm

    someone brought their african grey to isma last week. u can go to her. i trust her for everything.

  9. sarah (unregistered) on November 1st, 2005 @ 9:22 pm

    dearest Anathema thank u soooooooooooooooooo much for ur help.God bless u

  10. Nazia (unregistered) on November 4th, 2005 @ 9:19 pm

    my tom cat was suffered in fever,vomiting,motions and blood in stool.i called dr hasan tanveer and he sent doctor hameed (who are working with him)cause my cat could not go to his clinic.he cured him very well and now my cat is fine thanks God.he is good doctor and i recomened to all pet owners to go for his clinic.his contact number is:4973543.i also heared about dr pirzada and i want his contact number and adress also.could any one give me his number?

  11. Anathema (unregistered) on November 5th, 2005 @ 12:47 am

    Nazia: beware: there is a viral in the air. I lose five kittens in one week to what im told is “Cat Distemper”. the symptoms u mentioned, ,my sixth one suffered, only his stool want bloody, but he was just bleeding endlessly from his abdomen. I rushed to Isma who managed to save him.

    only thingL: any cat who shows any of these symptopms, must be kept in a separate room. the virus is incurableonce the urine turns yellow, and the diarheoea and turbid urine results in cats dying in less than 48 hours.

  12. Azfar Sabih (unregistered) on November 7th, 2005 @ 4:13 pm

    You are right Feline distemper is an injurious disease and kittens are especially susceptible to feline distemper because their immune systems are underdeveloped. We can only safe our felines by regular vet checkups, proper vaccinations and up to date boosters. This virus spread through contact with an infected animal or from fleas and other insects. Itís not transmissible to humans or even to dogs; but humans can infect a cat if they have touched an infected animal without taking precautions.

  13. Harris Ahmed Usmani (unregistered) on November 19th, 2005 @ 10:14 pm

    : Hi guys i own a GSD pup, he’s 7weeks old. From a couple of days he is acting very lazy, not drinking milk, nor playing around. He urinates qiuet frequently and the urine is very concentrated.
    plz help me out..
    I’ll appreciate it if any 1 gives me a vets telephone number who is in northnazimabad karachi….

  14. Imtiaz (unregistered) on November 19th, 2005 @ 10:46 pm


  15. Niloufer Shroff (unregistered) on January 5th, 2006 @ 12:34 pm

    My pet turtle is very sick. He is not eating and keeps his eyes closed all the time. Who should I take him to ? somebody please help.

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