Recently, I had my previous posts (see here) about my no-pets policy brought to my attention – mainly from other parents hoping that I would continue to hold this hard line so that they could use me as part of their defense against the onslaught of pet requests coming from their kids.
I’m sad to say that, somehow, my resolved recently wavered and we now have a pet rat that another family needed to find a home for, as they were departing Beijing. OK: One rodent, no big deal, but I’m not budging on cats or dogs. Those goldfish that somehow turned up a week ago will not be here for long, either. That said, I’m rather fond of Ratina (our rat), as is the rest of the family.
Unfortunately, pets come with added responsibility, and we felt it proper to get Ratina checked out by a veterinarian. Oddly enough, while exploring a little shopping area off the beaten path a few blocks from our home, I stumbled upon the International Center for Veterinary Services (ICVS) (see? Wangjing does have more than Ikea and KFCs).
With staff members from the US and China, it was easy to get an appointment a vet who had experience with more than just cats and dogs (sometimes a problem in Beijing).
While ICVS gave Ratina a physical, we also ordered a test to ensure she didn’t have worms or other internal problems – always a concern when little kids are around. In about 30 minutes, Ratina was given a clean bill of health, with advice that she gets more exercise and adds more fiber to her diet.
Another great thing about ICVS is that they have pet supplies for more than just cats and dogs, a problem I encountered when shopping at Beijing’s pet stores.
To find out more about the International Center for Veterinary Services, visit their website or call them at 8456 1939.