Affordable pet services available for Soldiers, civilians
Story by: Melony Gabbert
1ST INF. DIV. POST
Soldiers and Department of Defense card holders, including retired military and reservists are eligible to use veterinary services offered on post, though contractors are not, said Capt. Katrina Nguyen, Fort Riley Veterinary Services.
"Routine and minor medical calls for small animals, dogs and cats, can be seen here," Building 226 on Custer Avenue," Nguyen said. "There are no surgeries currently through the clinic."
Nguyen added that services are generally less expensive at Fort Riley than off post.
"Register your animal, which is required on post, (to) get into the system, and make an appointment," Nguyen said.
To register animals, stop by veterinary services.
"It will take five minutes, and it isn't necessary to bring the pet," she said.
"In the spring and summer, we fill up up to three weeks in advance. Right now, it might take one week to be seen. In the winter, pets could perhaps be seen in the same week," Nguyen said.
Nguyen also likes to remind on-post residents to be sure to ask for a copy of the registration to take to Picerne Military Housing. Additionally, FR40-18 has all of the required regulations for animals on post.
"For those living on post, a Rabies and a DA2PP vaccine are necessary. Microchips are required too," Nguyen said.
A rabies vaccine costs $10; a DA2PP costs $15; a DA2PPL4 costs $30. Microchips cost $25, but will come with an exam fee of $10 to $25, "dependent upon whether the pet is seen by a (technician) or a (veterinarian), whether the pet has been seen here before and if there is a problem going on."
Health certificates for travel are available, said April Williams, receptionist.
Different certificates are required for different modes of transportation or different destinations.
"The most common certificates we issue are a 10-day certificate for flying and a 30-day certificate for land travel," Williams said.
The clinic has informational handouts concerning the most common destinations.
Veterinary Services is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, except on holidays and the last day of each month. Other closures are posted outside of the clinic and on the answering machine, Nguyen said.
A stray facility also exists, from which pets may be adopted or lost pets may be located.
To adopt a dog, the cost is $80. For a cat, the cost is $60. This cost includes all current vaccinations, a microchip, an exam, de-worming, a one-month supply of heartworm medication and a one-month supply of flea and tick preventative, Nguyen said.
If the pet is spayed or neutered while still in the stray clinic, the cost to spay a dog or cat is $80, to neuter a dog is $60 and to neuter a cat is $30.
If a lost pet is turned in to the stray facility, citations may be issued for "failure to control," or for "failure to register or microchip," Nguyen said.
The facility for strays serves the same population as the Veterinary Service clinic.
If a stray is seen, call military police at 785-239-6767.
For more information, call the Veterinary Services clinic at 785-239-3886 or the stray facility at 785-239-6183.