Does your pet need a checkup? A chew toy? We’ve got a list of the best vets and pet resources in Phnom Penh.
Since opening a year ago, VSL Veterinary Clinic has become the trusted choice for pet-loving expats in Phnom Penh, who sing the praises of the owner, Dr. Lauren Marsden, a UK-registered veterinarian. Consultations cost $25 and annual check-ups with vaccinations are $35 for dogs and $45 for cats. They also offer microchipping and can complete export permits and pet travel certificates. Appointments are recommended, but they will take walk-ins whenever possible.
You can also buy products for dogs and cats at VSL, including Frontline, Drontal, flea and tick collars, and Royal Canin food.
PPAWS (Phnom Penh Animal Welfare Society) has a clinic that offers spaying, neutering, and vaccinations for dogs and cats. Proceeds are used to support PPAWS programs to spay and neuter stray animals and help find homes for pagoda pets. Vaccinations cost between $10 and $25, cat spaying costs $65, and dog spaying costs around $95, depending on the size of the animal. Discounts are sometimes possible based on need. The clinic is open Tuesdays through Friday and Sundays, but call or email in advance to warn them that you are coming and to get directions, because the clinic can be difficult to find.
Agrovet is operated by a French veterinarian, the hospital runs to European standards and has prices to match. Agrovet treats all types of animals but specializes in the canine and feline varieties. And while expats do gripe about the cost (consultations start at $25 and costs accumulate fast), most will admit that the place is still a good option for their pets. There are several local vets on staff, but you’re best off with the French vet.
When Tisha Shelley moved from Melbourne to Phnom Penh with her shar pei rescue, Joe, she was disappointed to realize that she couldn’t easily get the high-quality dog food that she was used to getting back home. So she opened a boutique pet shop called Edgar Allan Paw and an attached dog-friendly cafe. The shop stocks all kinds of pet products not previously available in Cambodia, from organic imported pet food and home-made treats to custom-made dog beds and snazzy collars. The selection at Edgar Allan Paw might be the sort of thing you’d take for granted at home, but is nothing less than spectacular in Cambodia. Edgar Allan Paw also hosts regular events, from early evening dogs and cocktails events to weekend dog socialization meetups. The attached cafe serves gourmet breakfasts and lunches daily and dogs are welcome.
Navetco Animal Clinic stocks a wide range of pet supplies including food, shampoo, accessories, and even clothing. While they do have a large selection of products, it also has that old-school pet store smell that doesn’t inspire a lot of confidence in those who see their pets as surrogate children. They also do grooming and have a clinic that does routine checkups and vaccinations.
Doggy daycare and boarding
Australian-run House of Hounds, an extension of Edgar Allan Paw, offers daycare as well as short and long-term boarding for your pup. House of Hounds provides a structured and fun environment for dogs with a low dog-to-human ratio. Their location in Tonle Bassac and long opening hours (7 a.m. to 7 p.m.) make them a good place to stash the dog for the day while you’re out on the town. Daycare costs are $7 for a half day or $12 for a full day, with discounted weekly rates and reduced costs for multiple dogs. While your dog visits, you can also purchase various other add-ons, including teeth cleaning, dog walking, bathing, and more. Boarding costs $15 per night and includes all meals (and they’re probably better than what you eat at home). They fill up fast so be sure to book in advance.
Animal Rescue Cambodia is an organization that works with homeless and abandoned animals, including no-cost adoption program for rescued animals. Before being placed in new homes, all of the Animal Rescue Cambodia pets have had a health check up, vaccinations, and have been neutered or spayed.
Phnom Penh pet info
If you’re looking for more info on adopting a pet in Phnom Penh or importing your pet when you move, check out our interview with Nicola Scales of PPAWS: Pets in Cambodia: How to import a dog or cat (or adopt one here).
There are several Facebook groups for pet owners in Cambodia. If you’re looking for support, trying to find a specific product or food, or want to adopt a pet, these groups are the place to start.
The Cambodia Pets Network Lost and Found Registry is a Cambodia-wide Facebook group that covers all sorts of dog and cat-related issues. It’s core mission, though, is to help pet owners reunite with lost pets.
Expets Cambodia is certainly a niche Facebook group but one that is incredibly useful; Expets is where people go to share experiences and advice on importing and exporting their pets to and from Cambodia. If you’re nervous about bringing your pooch abroad, this is the group to join.
Dog Forum Cambodia is dog-specific, but is another Facebook group designed for discussing all things dogs in Phnom Penh and beyond.
Dogs and Cats Cambodia If you don’t want to restrict yourself to one or the other, there’s a Facebook group that is for owners of dogs and cats, or dogs, or cats.
If you are looking to adopt a dog or cat in Phnom Penh, consider checking Cambodia Pet Adoption & Rescue first. The city is filled with pets who need a home, so why not give one of them a chance?
VSL Veterinary Clinic
Open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., and 3 until 7 p.m., and Saturdays 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
33 Street 334, BKK1, Phnom Penh
T: 023 986 640
PPAWS (Phnom Penh Animal Welfare Society) Clinic
Open Tuesday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sundays 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
189 Street 37, Beoung Tumpun, Phnom Penh
T: 017 293 654; 017 517 365
33B Street 360 (between Monivong Blvd and Street 63), BKK1, Phnom Penh
T: 023 216 323
Navetco Animal Clinic
Open 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
45A Street 173, at the corner of 318, Toul Sleng, Phnom Penh
T: 023 6389 498; 012 466 456; 012 587 085
Edgar Allen Paw
Open daily, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
12 Street 830, Tonle Bassac, Phnom Penh
T: 095 997 404
House of Hounds
Open Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
162.5 Norodom Blvd, Tonle Bassac, Phnom Penh
T: 095 997 404
Animal Rescue Cambodia
#137b, St. 99, near the corner of Street 508, Boeung Trabek, Phnom Penh
T: 011 761 722
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