The government of President Nayib Bukele is not only concerned about the well-being of the Salvadoran population, but also about that of their pets through the Chivo Pets hospital, the first public veterinary medical center in the region, which provides comprehensive and first-class care. level and is about to reach half a million visits since it opened operations, according to its director, Melvyn Rogel.
“Chivo Pets is the first public veterinary hospital in El Salvador and the region. It was born when President Nayib Bukele saw the need of the population that asked for support in comprehensive care for his pets. Nearly 495,966 cares have been provided to pets,” reported Rogel.
According to the director, between 700 and 750 patients are treated every day, including dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, roosters, iguanas, and turtles. He pointed out that among the most frequent diseases are hemoparasites, ehrlichia, and anaplasma, diseases transmitted by ticks; rashes; infections of the uterus; childbirth problems; and skin conditions.
The hospital also has an outpatient service and emergency care, as well as areas for hospitalization, surgery, and a clinical laboratory, among others that are complementary. Rogel highlighted that, over time, new areas and techniques have been implemented to improve patient service. «When we started we did not have a cardiology area, we already provided the echocardiogram and electrocardiogram service. That is a clear example in which we see that we are advancing. In turn, we implement phototherapy, which helps improve healing. This is an innovative technique that helps the patient speed up their recovery process. We have been using it for a couple of months now,” said the director.
Finally, Rogel pointed out that the implementation of this project has had a great impact on the pockets of Salvadorans who come to Chivo Pets looking for care for their pets. Most of the visitors come from San Salvador and La Libertad, and people have been identified as bringing their pets from San Miguel, Morazán, and Chalatenango. «Today that Chivo Pets is here, we see that many people have benefited, since their pet receives quality care at a symbolic cost. This has been a very important contribution and economic aid for the population,” said Rogel.
At Chivo Pets, the opening hours are from 7 in the morning to 10 at night, every day. You can request your appointment through 195 or at https://chivopets.sv/; and emergency area services are 24/7 (including holidays). The cost is $0.25, which you can pay with any digital wallet.